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January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

Christmas Tree Collection

January 8, 2011 - The Boy Scout tree collection was a success with over 150 trees collected today.

Ready to Roll

January 8, 2011 - They might be in use again tonight as a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for our area.

 Winter weather advisory in effect until 7 am est Sunday.
The NWS in taunton has issued a winter weather advisory which is in effect until 7 am est Sunday.
Locations, northeastern Connecticut, south shore of Massachusetts, northern Rhode Island and southern worcester county.
Hazard types, snow and locally reduced visibilities.
Accumulations, 2 to 4 inches southern worcester county, 3 to 5 inches of snow south shore of Massachusetts, northern rhode island and northeastern Connecticut.
Timing, snow will push into the advisory area early this evening, with accumulating snow expected through tonight. The snow will taper off Sunday morning.
Impacts, snow will create limited visibility and hazardous driving conditions.
Winds, north 10 to 15 mph.
Temperatures, in the mid 20s.
Visibilities, one half mile or less at times.
Precautionary/preparedness actions,
A winter weather advisory is issued when snow and/or ice is forecast to develop in the affected areas, but accumulations are expected to be light. Any snow or ice would make driving and walking difficult, but not impossible, on untreated roadways and sidewalks. When temperatures are below freezing, motorists need to be especially careful on bridges and overpasses where slippery spots can easily develop.


MWHIghfiveMA/NH Essential E-news
January 2011



In the News...

President Obama signs landmark legislation for national Alzheimer's strategy. Read about the Alzheimer's Project. 

Alzheimer Advocacy Action Day Feb 7
Join with us at the State Capitol in  Boston to ask our legislators to support quality of care for those with Alzheimer's. Tell your story! Change begins with you.
Monday, February 7 - 10 a.m.-noon
Grand Staircase / Mass State House, Boston, MA
For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Carter or call 617.868.6718. Or click on the State House and let us know we can count on you!
New Skills Series for Caregivers

Essential Skills for Alzheimer's Care: It Starts with Communication (Watertown, MA)

Alzheimer's Association, 311 Arsenal Street, 4th Floor

First in a series of new skills-based programs for family caregivers of a person with Alzheimer's or another dementia.   

Secifically designed with family caregivers in mind (no professional caregivers please).  Pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, February 16, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Click here  to register online. 

Monday, February 28, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Click here to register online.

24/7 Helpline for MA and NH
Family caregiverOur 24/7 Helpline is free, confidential, and a lifeline for thousands who call us each year. We can provide information on resources in Mass and New Hampshire and help in managing care. You do not have to go it alone. Call 800.272.3900 or access Helpline Online with a click.
Meet Volunteer Susan Garland Wood
Sue Wood 

Why did you become an Alzheimer volunteer?

As Dr. Paul Raia has so often said, it was a calling, as if I was drawn to connect with families and individuals so deeply affected by this disease. It has been a tremendous honor to work both with these family caregivers/partners and those with dementia. It has also been a great pleasure to be associated with the fabulous, warm, and friendly Associaiton staff.

What is your primary volunteer role?

I volunteer weekly on the Helpline and bi-monthly as a co-facilitator of a younger-onset support group, working currently with the patient group.

How long have you been volunteering?

I first learned of the Associaiton in 1997 while I was a gerontology social work fellow in Chelsea. It was there that I began working in a nursing home with elders with dementia who were too often forgotten or ignored. In 1998 I became a HL volunteer for a year or two and then was "called" back in 2008 to continue what I hope will be a life-long connection.

What do you like best?

Everything! The staff seems to go out of their way to make me feel welcome and appreciated. The people I am lucky enough to talk with are so appreciative of the time, attention, and support that we volunteers (and staff) are able to share with them. Each time I leave to return home, I feel so blessed with the knowledge that at least in some small way, I have helped to make someone's life go a little more smoothly and reassure them that they are not alone.

Reduce the Risk of Wandering

Marching into the heart of winter, please take a few minutes to think about the safety of those who are living with Alzheimer's disease. As many as 60 percent of people with Alzheimer's will wander at some point during the progression of the disease.


For some it doesn't take much to become lost even in familiar settings, leave a safe environment, or intrude in inappropriate places. A person with Alzheimer's disease who has become lost is confused and sometimes unable to ask for help.


There are some steps care partners can take to help reduce the risk of a loved one wandering.

  • Inform neighbors with whom you have relationships of the person's condition and keep a list of their names and telephone numbers.
  • Keep your home safe and secure by installing locks roughly six inches from the top or bottom (out of the person's direct line of vision) on exterior doors, and by limiting access to potentially dangerous areas.
  • Be aware that while the vast majority of people with Alzheimer's who wander from home are on foot, they may also become lost while driving or when using  other modes of transportation.

Consider enrolling in the in the Alzheimer's Association's MedicAlert®+SafeReturn® program, a nationwide identification system designed to assist in the safe return of people who wander and become lost. For more information call 800.272.3900.

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Two WomenKnow the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

As we age, there can be changes to our memory. Knowing the 10 Warning Signs can help determine if it's important to speak to your doctor and get a diagnosis for yourself or someone you care about.  Join us to learn the "10 Signs" because early detection matters!  Click here for a complete schedule of Know the 10 Signs and our other helpful and popular programs for families and individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

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Annual Report 2010
Our 2010 30th Anniversay Annual Report is available online. We invite you to read the moving profile stories and learning more about the Azleheimer's Association. Click on the report cover.
Bedford, NH Special Program

Coping with Early Memory Loss


Wednesday, January 19 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Alzheimer's Association NH Office, 5 Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 201


Learn about treatment options for Mild Cognitive Impairment, early Alzheimer's disease, and related disorders, tips for managing your day, and meaningful ways to improve your life.

This program is intended for people with early memory loss and their families and friends.


Presenter: Susan Antkowiak

The program is free, but reservations are required.  To reserve your spot, please call 603.606.6590.

Congrats & Correction

Congratulations to Memory Walker Jennifer Gaspar of Dartmouth, MA who won the post-walk promotion and a two-day stary at the Jared Coffin House on Nantucket.

The following are top fundraising walkers for our 2010 Walk! They were inadvertantly not included in our annual report listing. Our thanks to them all!

Front Runners

     Shirley Gordon

     Nancy Nichols & Michael O'Connor

High Steppers

     Karen Crowley

Elite Feet

     Kathleen Foley

     John Murphy

     Julie Steinkrauss

     Bess Stowell

     Sheila Watnick

In the Nick of Time...

In the nick of time... 

The Charitable IRA Rollover extension has been reinstated for 2010 and 2011. Click for more details.

Are You a Fan of Joe?
Not your Average Joe's in Watertown, MA has selected the Alzheimer's Association to be their "Not Your Average Cause" for January. Any Tuesday night for the month of January, NYAJ in Watertown only will donate 15% of your tab to the Alzheimer's Association. All you have to do click on the image above, print out and present it to your server.

Our Vision:  a world without Alzheimer's disease.

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
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Sports and Recreation
ARHS Basketball Shots

January 7, 2011 - ARHS freshmen football lost to Leominster last night.

January 8, 2011 - JV lost 37-32 to Leominster.

January 8, 2011 - Unfortunately the ARHS Varsity Basketball team also lost to Leominster 68 - 44.

Fox Trot

January 7, 2010 - A Red Fox checks out the area.  Fox and Coyote can be seen tracking down food during the daytime hours as they are not just nocturnal animals such as Raccoon or Possum.

Good morning friends~

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, rescued from a home with 62 other dogs and who helped save the lives of 7 children and 2 adults from fire with her fire safety efforts, has been nominated for USA Today's Most Heroic Dog of 2010.

Sparkles is honored to share this nomination with four other amazing dogs, including Target, who was an amazing heroic dog.

Five year old Angelica shared this story with me, "Firefighter Dayna~ I was in bed under the 'cobers' and the smoke came. I crawled out of bed and crawled low, just like Sparkles [the Fire Safety Dog] showed me to. I said, 'C'mon daddy, you have to get on the floor and crawl low like Sparkles.'"

By this time, her dad was disoriented because he had been standing in the smoke filled room. Thankfully, he was able to follow Angelica out of the house. The firefighters later shared with me that Angelica's father followed her out of the home and they said that as soon as he reached the door, the firefighters scooped him up and took him to the hospital (where he spent 7 days~ 4 in ICU). Immediately after they carried him away from the front door, the firefighters stated that the home flashed over (a "flashover" is where the home totally becomes engulfed in flames).

You may watch a video of the story of Sparkles' life saving efforts and hear more about this incredible story

Although Sparkles recently passed away, her passion for helping keep children fire safe will live on. Thank you to USA Today for nominating Sparkles and for helping raise awareness of the importance of fire safety.

Please vote for Sparkles and help share the word via email and on Facebook. Not only will you be helping keep Sparkles' memory alive, you will be helping her continue to share the fire safety message. Please click HERE or on the picture above to vote & then click on the blue star above Sparkles' picture.

Thank you and have a fire safe day.

Firefighter Dayna Hilton

Snow to Arrive

Issued at: 3:47 AM EST 1/7/11, expires at: 12:00 PM EST 1/7/11

Winter weather advisory in effect from 5 pm this afternoon to 5 am est Saturday,
The NWS in taunton has issued a winter weather advisory, which is in effect from 5 pm this afternoon to 5 am est Saturday.
Locations, northeast Connecticut and central Massachusetts.
Hazard types, snow
Accumulations, 2 to 4 inches of snow.
Timing, steady snow will likely overspread the region between 5 and 8 pm this evening and continue tonight.
Impacts, untreated roads will become snow covered and slippery this evening into tonight.
Winds, northeast 5 to 10 mph.
Temperatures, in the mid 20s.
Visibilities, 1 to 2 miles but may lower to one half mile at times.
Precautionary/preparedness actions,
A winter weather advisory is issued when snow and/or ice is forecast to develop in the affected areas, but accumulations are expected to be light. Any snow or ice would make driving and walking difficult, but not impossible, on untreated roadways and sidewalks. When temperatures are below freezing, motorists need to be especially careful on bridges and overpasses where slippery spots can easily develop.

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

Thank you to Tom and Mary Prince and the rest of the team at Panzano and Tomasso for their generous support!
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Hello Music Lovers-
The first performer we had at Steeple Coffeehouse when I took over booking in 2007 was Tracy Grammer, and it's about time we invited her back.

Check out the fantastic dinner and show deal at our local gem, Tomasso Trattoria.  Details below.
Want to get out, but not sure if the kids will enjoy the show? We are offering affordable childcare.  Details below.

The weather is going to cooperate, so please come out and enjoy the evening with us.

Saturday January 8th @ 7:30 -  Tracy Grammer

Tracy Grammer

Tracy Grammer needs no introduction to folk music fans.  Tracy tours internationally with songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jim Henry (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Deb Talan, Mark Erelli, The Burns Sisters). With acoustic and electric guitars, beautifully matched voices, dobro, mandolin and violin, this duo shares original songs, instrumentals, and pays homage to Dave Carter and other stellar writers while charting a brand new course for themselves in the musical landscape. 

"One of the finest pure musicians anywhere in folkdom."
- The Boston Globe

"Tracy has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard in my life. There's also a sadness and sorrow and pain and depth of knowledge to Tracy's playing. I really think there's nobody like her in the world."
- Dave Carter, quoted in Dirty Linen, 2002

Music starts at 7:30 (doors open at 7:00).

In Advance: $15 General/ $12 Students & Seniors
At the Door: $18 General/ $15 Students & Seniors

Order online through Brown Paper Tickets.

Tomasso's Crazy Delicious Offer

Exclusive "Dinner & Show" Menu from

Tomasso Trattoria

This season, our sponsor Tomasso Trattoria will be offering a 3 course "Steeple Coffeehouse Pre-Concert" menu for $25 per person ($20 if prepaid with online ticket purchase). It will be available every Saturday that there is a show and is exclusively for concert ticket holders.

For current menu click here.
For complete details click here!
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Affordable Childcare!
We know that many of you want to come out but find it difficult and/or expensive to leave the kids home with a sitter.

We are offering experienced teenage sitters with adult supervision at the venue at a very affordable cost.

First child - $10 for the evening.
Additional children - $5 each for the evening.

The proceeds help support the annual Pilgrim Church Youth Group Mission Trip.

Please email joe@steeplecoffeehouse.org to reserve your spot(s).
Southborough Food Pantry
As you know, the proceeds from our coffee and dessert go towards great local charities. In keeping with our giving spirit, we're asking guests to bring items for the Southborough Food Pantry to each show.

Current needs:
Ragu Sauce
Canned Chicken
Laundry Detergent
Dish Detergent.

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

January 7, 2010 - Feathery blooms of grasses shimmer in the sunshine at Walgreens Pharmacy earlier this week.

Sports and Recreation
ARHS Gymnastics

January 7, 2010 - ARHS gymnastic team.

More Snow On the Way

January 6, 2010 -  The Weather forecasters are predicting more snow for Friday and Saturday.

Time Running Out

The Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that a total of $11,000 is available in scholastic awards to graduating high school students. Students must be Westborough, Northborough, Southborough or Shrewsbury residents to apply. The awards will be granted on the basis of scholastic achievement, community and school involvement, work experience, financial need, appearance of application and an evaluation interview.

Applications are available in the guidance offices of the following schools: Westborough High School, Algonquin Regional High School, Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, Shrewsbury High School, Holy Name, St. John’s High School, Bancroft School, Notre Dame Academy, St. Peter-Marian Central High School and St. Mark’s School. To receive a scholarship application by mail, contact the chamber office at 508-836-4444.

Applications must be returned to the chamber postmarked no later than Thursday, January 13, 2011, 30 Lyman St., P.O. Box 1555, Westborough, Massachusetts 01581. Recipients of the awards will be honored at a breakfast meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough.

Lecture and Booksigning

Don't miss Gorillas to Grizzlies: Conservation in Action from Africa to the United States, a lecture and booksigning with conservationists Amy Vedder and Bill Weber, on Thursday, January 13, at 6:00 pm. Vedder and Weber will discuss their work with mountain gorillas in Rwanda, an effort that balances both wildlife and human interests, and how this approach can be applied to conservation in North America. Free and open to the public, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street.
Photo courtesy of Amy Vedder and Bill Weber.


State Rep. Carolyn Dykema, D-Holliston, will hold office hours across the region in the upcoming weeks.

Dykema covers the 8th Middlesex District, covering the towns of Holliston and Hopkinton and parts of Medway, Southborough and Westborough.

She will hold office hours throughout the district on Friday, Jan. 7 and Friday, Jan. 14. The schedule for office hours is as follows:

Friday, Jan. 7:

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Panera Bread on Union Street in Westborough

12 to 1 p.m. at the Southborough House of Pizza on Main Street in Southborough

Friday, Jan. 14

8 to 9 a.m. at Coffee Sensations on Main Street in Medway

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Hopkinton Gourmet on Main Street in Hopkinton

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at C & R Hotdogs on Washington Street in Holliston

MA Fish and Wildlife News


A new electronic licensing system, MassFishHunt, has debuted online offering 2011 hunting, freshwater fishing, and trapping licenses from the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW), as well as non-commercial lobster permits and the new saltwater fishing permit from the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF).  Both resident and non-resident license and permit buyers will find information and links to the MassFishHunt system at: www.mass.gov/MassFishHunt

Benefits of the new MassFishHunt system to license holders include the ability to purchase and print their licenses and permits at their home computer.  Lost a license in the wash or out in the field? MassFishHunt also provides online license holders the ability to print duplicate licenses free of charge. 

The new licensing system is managed by a private vendor, Active Outdoors, of Nashville, Tennessee. Of the 81 million hunting and fishing licenses issued annually in the U.S., Active Outdoors processes 58% through its systems. Customer service inquiries regarding purchases of electronic licenses and permits from MassFishHunt should be directed to ActiveOutdoors by calling toll-free (888) 773-8450 or emailing: mahfwebmaster@als-xtn.com After setting up electronic license sales at DFW and DMF offices, Active Outdoors will begin to make electronic license sales available at retail stores, sporting goods stores, bait and tackle shops, and city and town halls. License buyers will still be able to purchase the traditional paper hunting, trapping, and freshwater fishing paper licenses and stamps at license vendors throughout the state until the switch is made to an entirely electronic system. A list of current hunting, trapping, and freshwater fishing license vendors can be found at www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/recreation/licensing/vendors/license_vendors.htm.

“The switch from paper license sales to an entirely electronic system will vastly improve the accounting, record keeping, and efficiency of our licensing system,” said DFW Director Wayne MacCallum. “The system will also enable anglers, hunters, and trappers buying a license online to print and use their license, immediately.”

Electronic registration for boats, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles is not available through MassFishHunt, but will continue to be available through the Office of Environmental Law Enforcement website at www.mass.gov/dfwele/dle/elereg.htm as well as at their registration offices in Boston, Fall River, Hyannis, Springfield, and Worcester.

“We are very happy to offer this state-of-the-art service to the people who support our conservation and management efforts by purchasing fishing, hunting, and sporting licenses,” said Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Mary Griffin. “This new system gives people multiple options to purchase these licenses, and in time will give our Division of Fisheries & Wildlife and Division of Marine Fisheries the ability to communicate directly with license holders, thus improving service.”


 A target date of January 7, 2011, will be used for a concentrated survey across the state of major rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and the coast by Division of Fisheries and Wildlife staff and volunteers. This event is part of a nationwide Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey that is held every year in early January. “Our long time partner, National Grid, will be assisting in the survey by providing a helicopter for surveying the Quabbin Reservoir area and the Connecticut River,” said Dr. Tom French. Ground teams will also be covering known eagle territories statewide during the day. In 2010, 72 bald eagles were documented in Massachusetts during the one-day event.

Anyone spotting an eagle from December 29, 2010 – January 12, 2011 is encouraged to report the sighting by email at Mass.wildlife@state.ma.us or by postal mail to "Eagle Survey" MassWildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581. Please provide date, time, location and town of eagle sightings, number of birds, juvenile or adult, and observer contact information.  The best eagle viewing locations at this time of year include:

  • Belchertown – Enfield Lookout at Quabbin Reservoir. Eagles can be viewed at a long distance.

  • West Boylston, Clinton, Sterling, Boylston – Wachusett Reservoir. Eagles can sometimes be viewed at a long distance from Routes 140 or Route 70.

  • Lakeville – Long Point Road on the causeway between Pocksha Pond and Great Quitticas Pond. Eagles can be viewed at a long distance.

  • Newburyport – Merrimack River at Cashman Park Boat Ramp or at Deer Island off Rte 1A (from the chain bridge) Newburyport. These are both good areas for eagles to be seen fairly close without the need of a spotting scope.


As the year comes to a close and our fishing, hunting, or wildlife watching adventures become fond memories, it's time to remember the private landowners who, through their generosity, helped to make these experiences possible. "Access to fishing, hunting, hiking, or watching wildlife is a privilege provided by landowners," says Marion Larson, Outreach Coordinator for the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. "Let them know you appreciate it. If you have been recreating on local land trust or other private non-profit conservation lands, be sure to include those groups on your thank-you list.” Larson offers the following suggestions for hunters, anglers, and other outdoor users when thanking private property owners who allow access for outdoor recreation:

  • Be thoughtful and personal in expressing your appreciation, treating the landowner as you would like to be treated. If you are mentoring a new or young hunter, angler, birder or naturalist, include him or her in the process of thanking the landowner.

  • Visit the landowner at the end of the season to express your appreciation in person; if possible, provide him or her with some of your fish and game harvest, share images or a list of the wildlife you saw on their property.

  • Send a personal note or card thanking him or her for the opportunity to use their land. Consider giving a small gift such as a certificate to a local restaurant, a gift basket, or a subscription to Massachusetts Wildlife magazine. In the case of a non-profit landowner, make a donation to their organization.

  • Offer to assist with tasks around the property that would be helpful, or to identify, clean up, and properly dispose of any illegal dumping that has occurred.

  • Assist the landowner in protecting the property by documenting and reporting suspicious activities to the Environmental Police at (800) 632-8075.


"Hunting, fishing, birding, and other wildlife-related activities are traditions that will continue only if everyone follows the basic principles of being a good neighbor," Larson said. "Take a few moments to reflect on our outdoor traditions, including the importance of access to private lands in maintaining these traditions, and what you can do in 2011 to ensure that these recreational opportunities will continue to be available to you and other outdoor users for future generations."


Winter has made its appearance in Massachusetts but at this stage of the season the condition of ice on the Bay State's waterbodies can be unpredictable and treacherous. The Division of Fisheries & Wildlife urges outdoor enthusiasts to play it safe and check ice carefully before venturing onto ice-covered waters.  A clear layer of 4-inch ice is a good, safe thickness for foot traffic. An ice strength table and safety tips are posted at www.mass.gov/masswildlife.

How can you tell if ice is safe? There are no guarantees -- always consider ice to be potentially dangerous. Assess ice safety by using an ice chisel to chop a hole in the ice to determine its thickness and condition. Make sure you continue to do this as you go further out on to the ice, because the thickness of the ice will not be uniform all over the pond or lake. Be aware that ice tends to be thinner on lakes and ponds where there are spring holes, inlets or outlets. Don't venture on to ice bound rivers or streams because the currents make ice thickness unpredictable.

What if you fall through the ice? As with any emergency, don't panic! Briefly call for help. It doesn't take long for the cold water to start slowing your physical and mental functions, so you must act quickly. Air will remain trapped in your clothes for a short time, aiding your buoyancy. Kick your legs while grasping for firm ice. Try to pull your body up using ice pins or picks that should be hanging around your neck. Once your torso is on firm ice, roll towards thicker ice. This will better distribute your weight. Remember that ice you have previously walked on should be the safest. After you reach safe ice don't waste precious time, you need to warm up quickly to prevent hypothermia. Go to the nearest fishing shanty, warm car, or house. Don't drive home in wet clothes!

If a companion falls through the ice remember the phrase "Reach-Throw-Go." If you are unable to reach your friend, throw him or her a rope, jumper cables, tree branch, or other object. If this does not work, go for help before you also become a victim.  Pet owners should keep pets on a leash. If a pet falls through the ice do not attempt to rescue the pet, go for help. Well-meaning pet owners can too easily become victims themselves when trying to save their pets. Links to winter weather related preparedness tips and a video on ice safety from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources can be found at www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/recreation/safety/ice_safety.htm.

Sports and Recreation
It's Cold Outside

January 5, 2011 - Hot cocoa and a warm fire helps warm up after a cold day.

cabinet meetings,flags,gestures,government,meetings,men,persons,politicians,politics,United States flag,US flags,womenLast night’s selectmen’s meeting had several residents from the Southville Road area voicing their concerns over the proposed Transflo facility to be located less than two miles from the Southborough neighborhoods.  Linda Schaffer of the Southville Road Neighborhood group read a few letters to the Board of Selectmen from neighbors who oppose any further truck traffic.   Linda continued to mention that Southville Road is used as an alternative to route 9.  One can travel from Research Drive to Ashland Center and encounter just the one traffic light at Southville and Route 85.  There is currently high demand for the MBTA station.  Traffic also comes from the three hundred units at Flanders Hill at Westborough which abuts Southborough.  Also, planned for the future in nearby proximity is a large apartment/condo complex near Ashland Center near their MBTA station plus the Legacy Farms complex in Hopkinton.  All of this puts traffic on our already stressed road. 

Resident Ed Estrella asked if what chemicals were stored in nearby businesses were taken into consideration.  His concern was if there was a leak or spill could it counteract with something that is already present in the area.   Linda Hubley, Southville Road resident, CSX railroad abutter and co-founder of the Sudbury River Watershed Organization questioned containment and timeliness of emergency responses.  There are several homes on Wood Street and down river in Ashland that have wells. 

Selectman Rooney referred to the CSX Transflo safety report saying that BP Oil had a good safety record up until the Gulf oil spill.  He rattled off a list of what chemicals had been listed.  He is leery when companies tout safety records.  He really would like to meet with CSX Transflo officials.  All selectmen expressed disappointment and frustration that Transflo will not meet with them.  Selectwoman Bonnie Phaneuf read a letter from Transflo expressing their safety record, several hazardous and non- hazardous materials and their traffic plan.  It is stated in the letter that they will make trucks enter the property by taking a right hand turn to enter Walkup Drive and on exiting the facility the trucks will have to make a left hand turn only.  Upon hearing this, Linda Schaffer asked that it be put into writing that trucks will have to take the left turn upon exiting, eliminating the need to head for Southborough.

Selectmen Boland said residents can learn more about the facility by going to www.railwestborough.com     Selectmen also mentioned that they are attempting to work through our representatives to at least be able to meet directly with the CSX Transflo officials

Fire Chief Mauro stated that he has met several times with his counterparts in Westborough and with Transflo officials.  They have been keeping him in the loop as far as the emergency planning and safety.  Selectwoman Phaneuf requested that both the Fire Chief and Town Planner continue to talk with Westborough officials as the project will directly impact Southborough if there ever was to be a spill or leak.  Through Mutual aid compacts Southborough would respond to Westborough.

Rabbi Michael Swartz to Speak

Rabbi Michael Swarttz will present a talk on Reconstructionism at our third Shmear and Shmooze at Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 45 Oak St. Westborough, MA, on Sunday morning February 6, 2011 from 10-11:30 AM.    Reconstructionism has played a major role in the American Jewish community, well beyond the congregations and institutions that are affiliated with the movement.  Mordecai M. Kaplan, who articulated the philosophy and the approach of Reconstructionism, was arguably one of the great Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century.  Yet many people, including many active in the community and knowledgeable about many aspects of Judaism, have little knowledge or understanding about Reconstructionism or Kaplan.  Rabbi Swarttz will provide some of the basics about the philosophy and the movement that have had such a significant impact on American Judaism.  

In addition to being the Rabbi of Beth Tikvah Synagogue, Rabbi Swarttz is the Jewish Chaplain at the Phillips Academy in Andover and the Coordinator of the Harold Cotton Leadership Institute of the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts.  He was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.  He lives with his wife, also a Rabbi, and their two sons in Newton.

The cost for this event is free for members of Beth Tikvah and $5 for non-members.  Please contact EJ Dotts at ejdotts@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding this event.  We also ask that you email her if you plan to attend this event so that we can make sure we have enough shmear for the schmooze.

Space Weather News

FANTASTIC SOLAR ECLIPSE: When the sun rose over Europe this morning, a piece of it was missing.  The Moon had covered as much as 86% of the solar disk, producing a partial solar eclipse and a fantastic crescent-shaped sunrise.  The most amazing apparition, however, may have occurred in the Sultanate of Oman, where for a split second the Moon and the International Space Station partially eclipsed the sun at the same time.  Visit http://spaceweather.com for must-see photos.

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Ronald A. Duval, of Marshfield, formerly of Southborough, Dec. 30, at the age of 78. Beloved husband of Natalie (Needham) Duval. Loving father of Stephen Duval and his wife Theresa of W. Orange, NJ, Mark Duval and his late wife Donna of Hauppage, NY, Michael Duval and his wife Stacy of Barkhamsted of Ct, Michele Duval of Brookline and Todd Duval and his wife Chelsea of Buffalo, NY. Loving grandfather of 10 grandchildren. Dear brother of Paul Duval of Chepachet, RI, and David Duval of Stuart, FL. Ronald was born in Springfield. He was a sales rep in the automotive industry. Ronald was currently employed by Best Chevrolet in Hingham. Funeral was from the MacDonald Funeral Home, 1755 Ocean St., Rte. 139, Marshfield on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 at 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Christines Church, 1295 Main St., Marshfield at noon. Visiting hours were Tuesday, Jan 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in the Couch Cemetery, Marshfield. Contributions in Ronalds memory may be made to The American Heart Association , 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. For online guestbook and directions please visit us at our website, macdonaldfuneralhome.com

Sports and Recreation
Rink is Open

The Guardian

January 4, 2011 - Angel watch at the Rural Cemetery.

Please join us for a community outreach presentation by the

Southborough Police Department  on

Neighborhood/Home Crime Prevention

& Credit Card Scams 

Hosted by:

Southborough Rotary Club

Tuesday, January 11th

7:00 am – 8:00 am

St. Mark’s Parish Hall, 27 Main St., Southborough

Coffee and donuts will be served

If you plan to attend kindly RSVP:

Chris Robbins @508-735-6100.

The Northborough/Southborough Public School’s Integrated Pre-School Program is inviting neighborhood children who will be three years old by June 15, 2011 for a screening for possible enrollment for the 2011/2012 school year.  Our program brings together neighborhood children and special needs children.  The screenings will take place on January 28, 2011 at both the Marion Zeh Elementary School in Northboro and the Mary Finn Elementary School in Southboro.  To schedule a screening, please contact Jackie Garvey at 508-351-7048 before January 7, 2011.  To receive a program brochure, please call 508-393-4378 and leave your name and address.

2011 Biggest Loser Winning Fitness Program

The Northborough and Southborough Rotary Clubs  2nd annual Biggest Loser Winning Fitness Program is back by popular demand.  Last year the combined weight loss of all participants was 1,356 lbs.  The winning team lost 10% body weight overall, and the winning individual lost 19.2%.  The program will again be held at Algonquin Regional High School Wednesday evenings 6:00-7:30, January 12-March 30, 2011.  Cost for the 12 week program is only $60. 

Each week there will be 3 major components of the program.  Local health care experts will speak on fitness/nutrition, exercise classes will be provided, and a motivational segment will help to keep you pumped up.  Many local health, nutrition, and fitness providers will help sponsor our event and offer discounts at their businesses.  There will be a team competition with prizes awarded to the team with the highest % weight loss.  Signing up as a team is highly encouraged but individuals are also welcome.

For more information please contact either Pam O’Donnell, Southborough Rotary Club, 508-481-6640, pamo823@hotmail.com or, Steve Georgeson, Northborough Rotary Club, 508-393-3481, sngeorgeson@gmail.com

Scout Shabbat Service
February 4, 2011 7:30 PM

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, Venturers, Explorers, Brownies, Girl Scouts, Israeli Scouts, and Scouts from other Countries – young and old, please plan on attending and participating in a special Jewish Scout Shabbat.

Beth Tikvah Synagogue (45 Oak St, Westborough, MA) is hosting a Tri-River District Jewish Scout Shabbat on Friday February 4, 2011 starting at 7:30 PM. Scouts (including their families and friends) from all over the Tri-River district are invited to attend. All Scouts (young and old) are urged to wear their uniform to the service.

All current Scouts, or adults who were Scouts as youth, are urged to join in this special service. Individuals (Scouts and adults) who would like to participate in the service are welcome to volunteer.  If you have any questions, or have scouts that would like to participate in the service, please email EJ Dotts, ejdotts@gmail.com.

Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Road East, Marlborough, Ma 01752

        508-485-2580    email: Randi@postroadartcenter.com

Food Show 2011

Artist Drop-Off December 27th – January 6th  

Opening Reception Thursday, January 13th, 5:30-8:00pm

Show runs through January 28th  




Artists may submit a maximum of two works. A non-refundable entry fee of $15 for one piece and $20 for two pieces must be included with the registration form. (This money goes towards prizes, the opening reception and advertising costs.) Please drop off work during regular business hours. The deadline for entry is Jan. 6th at 7:00pm.  Artwork will not be accepted after that time.

Eligibility-Artists must submit original artworks completed in the past year, which have not been accepted into one of our previous shows.

Art must be for sale with the artist receiving 60% of the sale price

Jury Process- Art will be juried into the show based on creativity, composition and technique. There will be CASH PRIZES! 1st place $75.00, 2nd place $50.00, 3rd place $25.00 and Peoples Choice $50.00.  The judge and judging date for this show will be announced as soon as possible. Please check our website.


Entry Rules- 2-D works may not exceed 32x 40” and must be wired, and ready for display. (If we must wire your art there will be a $5.00 fee).  Specially priced artist molding and ready-made frames are available. Three-dimensional work must not exceed 20” (diameter) x 40” (h).

A label with artist name, title and phone number must be attached to the back of each piece of art.

Listen and laugh with



11:00 AM

 All welcome ~ No registration required

Sponsored by the Together We Can Family Network

Sports and Recreation
Girls JV Basketball

January 4, 2011 - The Girls JV team continues to roll over their opponents beating Milford 67 to 20.

Varsity Scores

January 4, 2011 - The ARHS Varsity Girls Tomahawks won 48 to 30 over Milford.


January 3, 2011 - A walk on the wildside along the Sudbury Reservoir trail can bring you to this picturesque rock outcropping jutting out into the water.  It can be seen by vehicle from both White Bagley Road and Route 85.

Space Weather News for Jan. 3, 2011

QUADRANTID METEOR SHOWER: Sky watchers in the northern hemisphere should be alert for meteors before sunrise on Tuesday, Jan. 4th.  Earth is about to pass through a narrow stream of debris from shattered comet 2003 EH1, the parent of the annual Quadrantid meteor shower.  Forecasters say the encounter could produce a fast flurry of 100 meteors per hour during the early hours of Jan. 4th. Details and observing tips may be found at http://spaceweather.com .

GOT CLOUDS?  No problem. You can stay inside and listen to the Quadrantids. Tune into SpaceWeather Radio for live meteor echoes from the US Air Force Space Surveillance Radar in Texas: http://spaceweatherradio.com .

PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE:  After the meteor shower, observers in Europe, northern Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia can witness a partial eclipse of the sun.  In western Europe, as much as 86% of the solar disk will be covered by the Moon at dawn, producing a fantastic crescent sunrise on Jan. 4th.  Check http://spaceweather.com for details, animated maps and live webcasts.

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Penguin in Contrast

January 3, 2011 - Last week buried, this week almost uncovered and if the weathermen are right maybe buried again later this week.

Representative Dykema Encourages Energy Efficiency

As the weather turns colder and our energy bills become increasingly expensive, I urge you to join with me in my new year’s resolution to save money by increasing my energy efficiency.

Through Mass Save’s Free Home Energy Assessment (866-527-7283 or www.masssave.com), an energy efficiency expert is available to come to your home and create a customized road map to help you make more cost-effective energy-saving decisions immediately and over time.  They’ll look at everything from appliances to insulation to heating and water systems, developing a plan that will save you money at a time when every penny counts.  Best of all, they will be able to show you a wide range of incentives, including federal and state tax credits, that may make these projects more affordable. 

This program is a hallmark of Massachusetts’ ambitious energy efficiency program that is investing $2 billion dollars into residential energy efficiency and will result in an estimated $6 billion dollars of savings for consumers within 3 years—an incredible return on our investment.  What’s more, these savings are creating 4,000 badly needed jobs across the Commonwealth

Energy efficiency is a triple win:  Reducing our energy costs, creating local jobs, and helping our environment. 


State Representative Carolyn Dykema represents the towns of Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway (pct. 1), Southborough (pct. 2 & 3) and Westborough (pct. 2) and serves on the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.

River's Edge Community Band

 New members welcome.
Rehearsals start January 6th.
  Open to individuals from high school and older
who play an instrument
  Thursday Rehearsals 
 Hudson High School
Room C108/Band Room 
69 Brigham Street

 For more information



Boston, MA (January 3, 2011)… Ryan M. MacDonald has been elected to the partnership of Murtha Cullina LLP, effective January 1, 2011.

Mr. MacDonald has been with the firm for over eight years and represents clients in the areas of bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and business litigation. In his bankruptcy practice, he represents Chapter 7 and 11 Trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, landlords and creditor committees. Mr. MacDonald successfully represented corporate and individual clients in defending preference claims and represents parties in litigation matters including business disputes, construction, residential zoning matters involving special permits, landlord/tenant and commercial evictions.

"Ryan has been an outstanding contributor to our Litigation and Bankruptcy practices" said Robert Munnelly, Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Boston office. "We are pleased to have Ryan join us as Murtha Cullina's newest partner."

Mr. MacDonald is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts. He received his B.A. from Bates College and his J.D., with honors, from University of Connecticut Law School.

About Murtha Cullina LLP

With over 115 attorneys in six offices throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts, Murtha Cullina LLP offers a full range of legal services to meet the local, regional and national needs of our clients. Our practice encompasses litigation, regulatory and transactional representation of businesses, governmental units, non-profit organizations and individuals. Core practice areas include litigation, labor and employment, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, construction, energy, health care, trusts and estates, affordable housing, real estate, land use and retail and hospitality.

Sports and Recreation


A  set of keys was found on the main lane of Beals Preserve this morning.  They can be claimed at the Southborough Police Station.

A reminder that Beals Preserve is closed for the week of January 3rd, 2011.   During the week, heavy machinery will be present  to clear six acres of the property. The closure is for your protection. We are pleased that Beals Preserve is such a popular spot for walking, but in order to protect the public from any chance of injury while the work is taking place, we are closing the property.  This morning several people had to be asked to leave as the large machinery was doing its work.  These individuals apparently did not notice the signs that had been posted at each entrance announcing the closure.  There is now also tape stretched across each entrance to make the closure more evident.

Thank you for your understanding concerning the temporary closing of the preserve.  We hope to see you back at Beals Preserve when the forestry cutting work is completed.


The Trustees of SOLF

Sudbury Valley Trustees Applauds Renewal of Conservation Tax Incentive

Sudbury, MA - Congress just renewed a tax incentive for private landowners who protect their land with a voluntary conservation agreement.  The incentive, which had expired at the end of 2009, helped Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) work with willing landowners in our region  conserve two very important pieces of open space in Framingham in 2008.

Conservation-minded landowners now have until December 31, 2011 to take advantage of a significant tax deduction for donating a voluntary conservation agreement to permanently protect important natural or historic resources on their land.  When landowners donate a conservation restriction to SVT, they maintain ownership and management of their land and can sell or pass the land on to their heirs, while foregoing future development rights. 

While there are already certain benefits to a landowner’s federal income tax for the donation of conservation interests, this enhanced incentive:

  • Raises the deduction a donor can take for donating a voluntary conservation agreement from 30% of their income in any year to 50%;

  • Allows farmers and ranchers to deduct up to 100% of their income; and

  • Increases the number of years over which a donor can take deductions from 6 to 16 years.

Our whole community wins when thoughtful landowners conserve their land this way, protecting wildlife habitat, clean drinking water, scenic landscapes, recreational spaces, and productive agricultural lands,” said Ron McAdow, Executive Director.  “Conservation restrictions have become an important tool for protecting our watersheds, farms and forests, increasing the pace of private land conservation by a third – to over a million acres a year nationally.  SVT joins America’s 1,700 land trusts and their two million supporters in thanking our Senators and Representatives for making this important conservation tool available.”

According to the Land Trust Alliance, the national organization that provides a voice for land trusts in Washington, DC, bills to make this incentive permanent have 274 House and 41 Senate co-sponsors from all 50 states, including majorities of Democrats and Republicans in the House. This legislation was supported by more than 60 national agricultural, sportsmen’s, and conservation organizations.

To learn more about the enhanced incentive visit: www.lta.org/easementincentive.


Any landowners interested in the federal program can contact land protection staff at SVT at 978-443-5588.

SVT’s mission is to protect land and conserve wildlife habitat in the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord River basin for present and future generations. For more information, visit: www.svtweb.org

New Poles

January 2, 2011 - Verizon is switching 50 poles around town. Here they are working near Route 85 before the overpass of Rte 9.


The Southborough Open Land Foundation wants to alert you to the closure of Beals Preserve for the week of January 3rd, 2011.   During the week, heavy machinery will be present  to clear six acres of the property. We are pleased that Beals Preserve is such a popular spot for walking, but in order to protect the public from any chance of injury while the work is taking place, we are closing the property. 

SOLF was selected to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP). The Natural Resources Conservation Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, administers the program.  The aim of the project is to remove invasive plants and to improve wildlife habitat for at-risk species such as the New England Cottontail and the American Woodcock.  Approximately 6 acres of the Beals Preserve will be cleared to create a shrubland, restoring that area to more closely resemble the landscape of fifty years ago. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has given official approval for the required forestry work. The clearing portion of the project will be of short duration, while SOLF commits to long-term management activities to ensure the integrity and viability of the improved wildlife habitat.

We hope to see you back at Beals Preserve when the forestry cutting work is completed.


The Trustees of SOLF

Senior Center Activities

3 Monday 4 Tuesday 5 Wednesday 6 Thursday 7 Friday 8 Saturday
8:30 am Health clinic 8:30 am Walking Group 8:30 am Health clinic 9:30 Mah Jongg
10:00 AM Canasta
open 9:00 AM
9:30 Tai Chi
9:30 am cribbage   10 AM Creative Writers 12:00 Pitch 10:00 AM Painting
12:00 PM Bridge
2:00 PM Fitness
12:00 Pitch
5:00 Business Advisory Council 10:30 am Woodward care assembly
    2 pm fitness  

Click here for the Senior Center Website

Support Our Senior Centers:

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

Sunday  2

Monday  3

Tuesday 4

Wednesday 5

Thursday 6

Friday 7

Saturday 8


Preschool Story Time
Jan 03 10:30 AM  



Southborough Library  website:  Click here




For children age 2-5 years old

Each story time runs approximately 45 minutes and includes stories & a craft based on a weekly theme.



Mondays, January 3 – February 14

(no story time Jan. 17)

Tuesdays, January 4 – February 8

Wednesdays, January 5 – February 9


Mondays, February 28 – April 4

Tuesdays, March 1 – April 5

Wednesdays, March 2 – April 6




For children age 2-5 years old

Each story time runs approximately 45 minutes and includes stories & a craft based on a weekly theme.



Mondays, January 3 – February 14

(no story time Jan. 17)

Tuesdays, January 4 – February 8

Wednesdays, January 5 – February 9


Mondays, February 28 – April 4

Tuesdays, March 1 – April 5

Wednesdays, March 2 – April 6

Southborough meetings

The Southborough Board Of Selectmen will be having a discussion on the Westborough Transflo/CSX project on Tues. Jan 4 at 7:15pm. 

January 3 to January 7, 2010





Board of Selectmen - Agenda Jan 4 7:00 PM McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House
Northborough/Southborough Regional School Committee Policy Development Subcommittee - Agenda Jan 4 4:00 PM Office of the Superintendent, 53 Parkerville Road
Southborough Housing Authority - Agenda Jan 4 6:30 PM Small Conference Room, Town House
Youth Commission - Agenda Jan 4 7:15 PM Fayville Village Hall, 42 Central Street
Assabet Valley Regional School Committee - Agenda Jan 4 7:00 PM School Committee Conference Room, Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School, 215 Fitchburg Street, Marlboro
Council on Aging - Agenda Jan 5 7:00 PM Country Kitchen, Cordaville Hall, 9 Cordaville Road
Woodward School Council - Agenda Jan 5 3:15 PM Office Conference Room, Woodward Elementary School
Zoning Advisory Committee - Agenda Jan 5 7:00 PM McAuliffe Hearing Room Town House
Conservation Commission - Agenda Jan 6 7:30 PM McAuliffe Hearing Room Town House
Green Technology and Recycling Committee - Agenda Jan 6 7:30 PM Conference Room, DPW Building, 149 Cordaville Road
Recreation Commission - Agenda Jan 6 7:30 PM Recreation Office, 21 Highland Street

Black & White Day

@ Woodward!

F r i d a y , J a n u a r y 7 t h

In honor of Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Woodward’s

“One School, One Read” book selection, please

wear black and white and consider donating an

item to help the Southborough Food Pantry.

The Food Pantry is most in need of the following:



Paper Napkins

Paper Towels

Any items received are appreciated!

(Please remember to check the expiration date.)

If you have any questions, please contact your school’s SOS

Community Awareness chairperson:

Holly Sullivan, Finn (508) 786-9616

Kim Jordan, Woodward (508) 486-0075

The volunteers at Southborough Food Pantry extend their

gratitude for your continued support and wish everyone happy

holidays and a peace-filled new year!

Algonquin Regional High School Upcoming Events

1/3 School Reopens

1/9 Algonquin Hockey Game at DCU Center

1/12 Junior Class Variety Show, 7-9pm
1/13 Junior Planning College Night, 7pm
1/17 Martin Luther King Day - No School
1/18 Professional Development Day - No School
1/26 End of Term 2

Sports and Recreation