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January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

Need I say More?

Triangle Park is there

January 29, 2011 - the Cordaville Triangle Park is almost not seen from the road these days.

Southborough Tidbits:

Southborough Police said goodbye to Officer Bob Nelson who moved onto the Stow Police department and Detective Meredith Lobur who has moved to the Provincetown Police Department.  Meredith started the pet food pantry in town and was the first domestic abuse detective for Southborough.  We will also be saying goodbye to our fire chief, John Mauro at the end of this year.  The Northborough Southborough Schools will also be looking for a replacement when Ewa Pytowska Assistant Superintendent retires to go back into the teaching profession at the end of this school year.

Selectmen earlier this year chose Paul Morin to the Southborough Housing Authority until the May elections to replace the late Charles Brewer.  Mr. Morin was the top vote getter between the Housing Authority and the Selectmen.  Mr. Morin and the other candidates, Eric Hanslip and Marianna Surette were all advised to place their name on the ballots for the May election.

The Patel’s have closed their Colony Market store and moved everything to their Fitzgerald’s General Store at the Southville Road location. 

The last day to pull nomination papers out for Southborough Public Office is noon March 18, 2011.  You need 44 registered voter signatures.  The last day to file those papers will be 5:00 PM March 21, 2011. 

Selectmen voted to increase the tax on hotel rooms but refused to increase the meals tax.  Both Selectmen Bill Boland and John Rooney expressed thoughts that an increase in the meals tax would directly affect town residents and local businesses while it would only indirectly affect few on the room tax.  At the same meeting, Selectmen denied issuing a liquor license for the convenience store located at 42 Turnpike Road saying there was little parking and an abundance of liquor stores already in that area.  Representatives from Panzano Market and Turnpike Liquors both voiced concerns that they would lose business.

Budget hearings have begun.  An ominous prediction that the town will be $1.1 million short was predicted by Brian Ballentine, Finance Director.  He predicts that either there has to be drastic cuts in budgets or that there may be a nearly eight per cent increase (including a prop 2 ˝ override).  This would represent a significant increase in taxes. 

The DPW and Water department have presented a Water system Capital plan and would like to replace a 1999 pickup and a one ton utility dump.  The capital request is for $315,000.  Talk about a warrant article for Legacy farms came up.  Legacy farms in Hopkinton will add to the traffic woes at Southville Road and Route 85. There may be some mitigation for route 85 in town.  For more information on Legacy Farms click here.   Selectwoman Bonnie Phaneuf also asked DPW director Karen Galligan to look into the possibility of expanding days the transfer is open so as to not cost more but have more days for usage.  Karen is looking into the possibility and will get back to selectmen.

Phil Rinehart gave a presentation on his FY 12 budget.  He explained that costs have varied with elevator maintenance and that they now have the library HVAC in their budget vs. the Libraries.  There should also be more frequent pumping of septic systems in several town buildings and that the cost of maintenance has increased 17%.

Fire Chief John Mauro presented his FY12 budget which will be his last.  Equipment has increased maintenance costs, salaries do not reflect contract negotiated items, there is tuition reimbursement for fire department members and that OT, stipends and holiday pay all are projected to increase.  The fire department will also be requesting a replacement vehicle.

Police Chief Jane Moran presented two budgets.  One included the Quinn Bill funding and the other without.  She stressed that overtime has increased and that they have to fill the two vacancies and a Lieutenants position.  There are increased computer repairs and that they should be designating a disease control officer.  The Chief also proposed a capital outlay that includes a copier machine, gun cleaning machine and a fax machine.  

The preliminary Northborough Southborough School budget was proposed at a meeting of the Northborough Southborough School Committee by Dr. Gobron.  The budget calls for $18 million represents a.  An increase of 2.69 percent over last year.  Dr. Gobron estimated a decline of fourteen students and no staff cuts anticipated.  The Northborough Southborough School Committee will be meeting Monday January 31, 2011 at the Trottier School Library at 7:30 PM with the Southborough Selectman and Advisory Committee.

The Zoning Board of appeals granted the Gulbankian's a permit for utilizing the machine shop for more than just bus engines earlier this week.  The popular local farm had been the site of a florist shop, bus depot, and machine shop for years before neighbors earlier this year complained when after an absence of buses the farm leased its property to an outside company.   The town tried to shut them down earlier this year with a cease and desist order because they didn’t have a permit to operate multiple businesses and the repair of the antique engines.  The family has seen lots of frustration with lawyers and many meetings with town boards.  The ZBA granted the permit with stipulations that they screen the lot, limit hours of operation and pave the parking lot.

The Southborough police station is once again in the news as resident and volunteer on the Police station committee Nancy Vargas has filed a complaint that she had been withheld information, emails and meeting info on the proposed Southborough Police station.  Ms Vargas had advocated for an historic renovation of the current Southborough Police station while fellow committee members wanted to recommend a new police station.  No matter what the current Southborough Police Station is of ill service and not up to standards for a police station in this day and age and something must be done to improve conditions.  The planning process has gone on way too long and had started years ago under Chief Weber and town planner Vera Kolias.   As a result of the complaints, volunteer committee members, town employees, Board members and others have had to go through training as new guidelines were prepared to meet the complaint issues on the public open meeting laws.

Tracey A.L. Ingle of Ingle Law in Southborough has been elected 2011 president of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray in December helped Worcester’s Becker College continue its plan to be at the center of making the videogame sector in Massachusetts a major priority by announcing the establishment of the Massachusetts Video Game Institute, which will be housed at Becker.

At an event held by Becker in its Southborough satellite campus, Murray announced that details of the institute would be crafted over the next 90 days and launched officially in the fall of 2011. The institute would be used to be the home base for the various sectors in Massachusetts that have a stake in seeing the videogame sector grow – academia, government and business.

Intersections, Roadways and Snow


Important Snow Removal Information

The DPW is aware of high snow banks at intersections, narrow roads and snow covered sidewalks. The issues are town-wide and we continue to work methodically through Town to address these issues.

The sidewalks will be addressed as soon as possible. Equipment failure has prohibited the sidewalk circuit from being completed after any of the past three storms. The equipment should be up and running for the 31st.

If you believe that the DPW is not aware of an issue and you are not able to get through on the DPW phone – we are having phone issues – please e-mail jparent@southboroughma.com or jjohnson@southboroughma.comwith your concern.

Ice Dams

January 29, 2011 -  A lot of residents have been complaining about the ice dams.  If you have an older roof seriously consider raking the snow off.  Snow rakes are pretty hard to come by right now and average $40 to $90 dollars at hardware stores but can save a lot on the damage the buildup of ice can do to a roof or ceiling.   Also the damage can get worse if snow is left on the roof and we get a heavy rainstorm allowing the remaining snow to weigh even more on the structure.  Several businesses including the Hopkinton DPW barn (scroll down page) have collapsed in the past few days.

Don't miss it !!!

To order tickets, email:

Subject line: "Talent Show Tickets", number of tickets
and any preferences

on February 28th, from 6:30-8:00pm, or

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning, March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th from 7:30-9:00 am

No email requests for tickets will be accepted on March 4th, 2011

Tickets are $10.00 on-line or $15.00 at the door

Proceeds of the Talent Show will be used to update and expand the collection of
the Trottier Middle School Library Media Center


Please arrive by 6:30 p.m. to pick up or purchase tickets on the day of performance

     Don't miss your chance to see a great show and to

support our community!

Auditions are on January 31, 2011 and February 1, 2011 at 6:30pm

at the Trottier Middle School Auditorium

Please email either Mrs. Pini or Mrs. Lunder for an audition appointment as soon as possible. 

The subject line should read: 2011 Talent Show Audition Request. 

In the body of the email please include the name of the participant(s), contact information

and the talent.   Thank You.


Sports and Recreation
ARHS Boys Basketball

January 29, 2011 -

ARHS Girls Basketball

January 29, 2011 - Friday night ARHS JV Basketball vs. Milford. JV girls at Milford, ARHS remains undefeated in league play, won 54-44.

Enjoying the Snow?

January 28, 2011 - A Southborough News reader sent in these cute storm photos. The dog's face is priceless.

Fire Grant Announced

Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, along with Congressmen Jim McGovern, John Olver, Edward J. Markey, and Richard E. Neal, today announced that fire departments across Massachusetts have received $955,216 for improved operations and safety for first responders.

The funding, awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), will help provide new equipment, safety gear, emergency vehicles, and training.

Our firefighters put their lives on the line day in and day out as they bravely respond to emergencies , said Rep. Markey. This vital federal funding answers their 911 call for the tools and training they need to continue providing the best protection for the citizens of our cities and towns. These heroes deserve the best resources available to ensure the safety and security of our Commonwealth residents .

We have a sacred obligation to give firefighters the training and equipment they need to stay safe on the job. Its the least we can do for public servants who risk their lives to keep our families safe every time that bell rings, said Sen. Kerry.

Firefighters risk their lives day in and day out protecting the citizens of Massachusetts, and we must ensure they have the necessary equipment, said Sen. Brown. Im grateful for their service and pleased they are receiving these resources to support their efforts.

I am pleased that the Department of Homeland Security has recognized the great benefit these funds will provide to the communities of Lee, Russell, Pittsfield and Goshen. These funds provide our firefighters with the resources that are necessary to continue providing the highest level of service to our communities, said Rep. Olver.

Im very pleased with this funding, said Rep. McGovern. I know that this federal assistance has been a high priority for the Southborough and Somerset Fire Departments. I believe that homeland security starts with hometown security. Its critical that we provide local first responders with the resources they need to protect our communities. The federal government must be a partner in that effort.

As a longtime supporter of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, I am very pleased that the Town of Warren was awarded federal assistance in the latest round of this very competitive process. The brave firefighters in the department deserve the best equipment and resources to help keep their community safe. Today's announcement will help the town accomplish that objective, said Rep. Neal.

The following fire departments have received funding:

Lee Fire Department

Federal Share: $100,249, Total Budget: $105,525

Russell Fire Department

Federal Share: $11,400, Total Budget: $12,000

Southborough Fire Department

Federal Share: $85,500, Total Budget: $90,000

Warren Fire Department

Federal Share: $106,400, Total Budget: 112,000

Pittsfield Fire Department

Federal Share: $59,328, Total Budget: $65,920

Wakefield Fire Department

Federal Share: $89,100, Total Budget: $99,000

Winchester Fire Department

Federal Share: $44,802, Total Budget: $49,780

Chelsea Fire Department

Federal Share: $75,600, Total Budget: $84,000

Goshen Fire Department

Federal Share: $14,871, Total Budget: $15,653

Somerset Fire Department

Federal Share: $33,843, Total Budget: $35,624

Marblehead Fire Department

Federal Share: $152,721, Total Budget: $169,690

Nahant Fire Department

Federal Share: $91,186, Total Budget: $95,985

Stoneham Fire Department

Federal Share: $58,500, Total Budget: $65,000

Walpole Fire Department

Federal Share: $31,716, Total Budget: $35,240

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January, 2011

After sending out the first February Fun vacation program information, we received many emails and phone calls for more programming.  In response to your requests Recreation staff has created the additional following programming.

We are happy to present


"February Fun Explosion"

Pick and choose from the programs below to fit your family fun. 

Lunch from 12:30 - 1pm will be supervised at no extra cost.  For those  that sign up for a full day this helps your child transition.  If your child is in the morning session only, they are welcome to stay for lunch.  

Bring your own lunch.

Monsters, Mayhem & Make Believe

If you can imagine it you can build with polymer clay.  Polymer clay is a safe non-toxic modeling clay which is soft until baked in the oven.  Students will learn simple teqniques for making their imaginary creaters, miniatures, and beads come to life in polymer clay.  All equipment and material will be supplied.
Instructor: Betsy Rosenbloom
Day:  Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday
Time: 10:30-12:30
Grades: 4 - 6
Location: South Union
Price: $50/class or $135/all 3 classes

(if your child does not meet the grade requirement and would like to participate please contact the office)

Harry Potters Prisoner of Aczabar

Campers will immerse themselves in Hogwarts' fictional world. They'll start off by being sorted into houses and receive your own house scarf. During this magical week students will experience Potion Making, Charms, Muggle Magic, Care of Magical Creatures, and plenty of games that will give them chances to earn points for their houses. Who will win the House Cup? Olivander is all the way in London so we'll need to make our own wands. After all, students will need something to duel with. Will yours contain aUnicorn hair, Phoenix feather or Dragon heart string? Learn the secrets of some close-up magic tricks. Your friends and family will think you really do know magic. If you already know some tricks you'll get a chance to show the other students.  Create your own creature. Where does it come from? What does it look like? After we have created the creature on paper you'll have the chance to create it using molding clay. It's your very own creature that you can take home.  Beginning Potion Making
In this class students will experience basic chemistry and create some fun and edible "potions".  And this is only a part of what we'll be doing during this exciting week. Space is limited and this camp is sure to fill up. Did you attend during Christmas break? No problem - the classes will all be different! Don't wait to register.


Instructor: Tessa Stephens

Day:  Monday - Friday
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Grades: 1 - 3
Location: South Union (Art Center)
Price: $125/M-F
(if your child does not meet the grade requirement and would like to participate please contact the office)
February Fun

Supervised open activities such as Ping Pong, Wii, Karaoke, Making Pizza, Games and Sledding.

Supervision:  Paula Fagan & Doreen Ferguson
Day: Monday - Friday
Time: 1 - 4pm
Location: South Union

Grades: 3 - 5

Price: $15/day

(if your child does not meet the grade requirement and would like to participate please contact the office)

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Space Weather News for Jan. 28, 2011

DOUBLE BLAST:  This morning, a spectacular double eruption on the sun produced the strongest solar flare of the year so far (an M1-class event).  Plasma clouds produced by the event are expected to miss Earth, so no geomagnetic storms are in the offing.  Today's edition of http://spaceweather.com highlights movies captured by SOHO and the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

STRANGE LIGHT PILLARS:  A photographer has recorded extraordinary pillars of light shooting into the night sky from a corn mill in Nebraska.  The tall luminous columns were capped with nested V-shaped tops that distinguish them from ordinary urban light pillars.  Check http://spaceweather.com for must-see photos and an explanation of the icy phenomenon.

TEXT MESSAGES FROM THE SUN:  Would you like a text message when the sun flares and geomagnetic storms erupt?  Sign up for our new alert service, SpaceWeather Text: http://spaceweathertext.com .


Sudbury Valley Trustees


Wolbach Farm, Sudbury           

Wednesday, February 23, 1:00-2:00pm

Join professional puppeteer Deborah Costine as she previews an all new production "Turtle's New Home" -featuring “Blanding” the 40 year old turtle who must leave her wetland home of many years due to habitat fragmentation.  She meets young Castor Canadensis who is EAGER to build a dam, thereby creating a new wetland that might be just right for Blanding and her babies. Recommended for ages 3 and older.

Deborah is a winner of UNIMA USA Citation of Excellence.

Registration required.  Preview Rate:  Members: Free, Non-Members: $10 with a family maximum of $20. 

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

Sports and Recreation

Sudbury Valley Trustees- Full Moon Owl Prowl

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, Sudbury

Saturday, February 19, 8:30AM- 10:00AM

Come spend an evening at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge and explore the fascinating world of owls in New England.  The program will start with a talk on the characteristics and identification of the owls found in Massachusetts.  After the talk, the program will continue on the trails of the refuge, attempting to locate local owls by both sight and sound. Be sure to dress warmly.  You’re welcome to bring a headlamp or flashlight.  Led by Refuge staff: Kizette Ortiz-Vanger and Daniel Cannata

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

So Much

January 27, 2011 - So much snow is building up around town yet so pretty.

Representative Levy Elected Freshman Class President

Rep. Steven L. Levy (R-Marlborough) was elected Class President by his fellow freshman legislators last week.

At a meeting held last Thursday evening, Rep. Levy and three other new State Representatives were elected to the honorary positions of class officers. The other officers include Rep. Jerald Parisella (D-Beverly), Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica), and Rep. Russell Holmes (D-Boston) who were elected Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, respectively.

“This is a great honor,” said Levy on his election. “I am hopeful that as a freshman class, we will be able to have a significant impact on shaping policy this legislative session.” With thirty-eight freshmen, the class represents almost one-fourth of the House of Representatives.

Levy wants his fellow freshman Representatives to “remember why we were elected”, and hopes to keep them focused on putting “the needs of our constituents and the citizens of the Commonwealth above partisan politics.”

Steven Levy represents the 4th Middlesex District consisting of Marlborough, Berlin and Pct. 1 of Southborough.

              Tumble with the T-hawks                                                                                    

WHAT:    Gymnastics camp

              run by the Algonquin gymnastics team and coaches

WHO:      boys and girls grades K thru 5

WHERE:  ARHS Gymnastics Gym

WHEN:    February vacation – Tuesday thru Friday,

                     February 22nd- 25th 9am-11am

                  Gym Show Finale Friday at 10am


Come learn new gymnastics skills or perfect old ones with the high school gymnastics team and coaches.  You can soar over the vault, swing on the bars, balance on the beam and flip on the floor!!  Guaranteed fun plus you get a really cool t-shirt!!!



Camp Application


NAME:  ____________________________________________________ M___ F____

ADDRESS:  ___________________________________________________________

PHONE: ___________­­___________________________________________________       

EMAIL: (Please print clearly)________________________________________________

GRADE:  ___________                     T-shirt size   YS   YM   YL   AS   AM   AL


I, Parent/Guardian agree, by enrolling my son/daughter, that he/she is physically and mentally able to participate in all of the Camp’s activities. In case of medical emergency and I cannot be reached, I hereby give permission to the physician selected by the staff to hospitalize and secure medical treatment for the child. I understand that my medical insurance is expected to cover my child for injuries. I agree not to hold the ARHS Gymnastics Camp, its management and staff, and/or ARHS, its management and staff, responsible for any athletic, dental, or bodily injury that may occur to my son/daughter while attending Camp. I realize and acknowledge that ARHS is not sponsoring this Gymnastics Camp.


              (Parent or Guardian Signature)                                                             (Parent or Guardian Printed Name)


TUITION: $75 registration    (Checks payable to ARHS Gymnastics Boosters)

MAIL by February 11th TO:  Mary Ellen Duggan (Gymnastics Booster Rep).

                                               47 Fisher St

                                               Northborough, MA 01532

Any questions, contact Mary Ellen Duggan – meduggan62@gmail.com

                                                                     508-393-1819 or 774-258-1500


Please make note anything which may affect your child’s participation__________




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Project Smile


PROJECT SMILE 2011 fundraiser calendars now available!
Only $10 donation. Get yours today!


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Click the logo to go to our page. The link is also available at www.projectsmile.org

Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation Awards $4,000 Grant

The Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation awarded a $4,000 grant to Project Smile in support of Project Smile’s efforts in the greater Milford area. The Foundation also donated 200 coloring books.

“We are very happy to have the support of the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation,” said Catherine Pisacane, Project Smile’s Executive Director. “We rely on the support of local foundations to be able to continue our work and help more children. It is wonderful that the bank is so committed to helping local organizations.”

The Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation was founded in 2005 as the Benjamin Franklin Bank Charitable Foundation. The Foundation name was amended in 2009 shortly after Rockland Trust’s acquisition of Benjamin Franklin Bank. The Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation continues to provide support for qualified non-profit charitable causes in 14 communities previously served by Benjamin Franklin Bank.

Since its formation, the Foundation has contributed more than $1 million dollars in grants to non-profit organizations.

Brown Foundation Awards $3,000 Grant 

For the 4th consecutive year, the Newton based Brown Foundation has awarded a $3,000 grant to Project Smile. Their grant supports Project Smile’s efforts in the metro west and Boston areas. “It is wonderful to have the Brown Foundation’s continued support of our work,” said Catherine Pisacane. “We really appreciate all the support that they give us. We are looking forward to continuing our growth with the help of this grant.”

Join the Project Smile Date Auction Committee 

The 5th Annual Project Smile Charity Date Auction will be held Friday, September 16, 6:30-9pm at Gypsy Bar, Boston. Karson and Kenendy are returning as hosts. We are looking for your help! Join the Project Smile Date Auction committee and help us put together this fabulous fundraiser. Committee members will help recruit guys and ladies to be auctioned off (always a fun job!), help find sponsors and help obtain gift certificates and auction item donations.

Active committee members will receive a free ticket to the event and be listed in our event program. This is a wonderful way to be involved. If you would like to join the committee, please email Catherine Pisacane at cpisacane@projectsmile.org.

Santa and Stilettos Holiday Party Raises $1,600 

The 2nd Annual Santa and Stilettos holiday party raised $1,600 for Project Smile. Organized and presented by Reggie B Productions and the Hello Stiletto Shoe Club, the December event was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Boston. The event featured a tremendous fashion show highlighting up and coming local designers, best-in-shoe competition, music and dance performances, a silent auction and mingling with 300 guests. Santa Claus even stopped by and greeted party goers (thank you to fire fighters Jim Colleary and Tom Hogan). Plans are already underway for the 3rd Annual Santa and Stilettos holiday party.

“We would like to thank Reggie Bostic Alleyne, President of Reggie B Productions and Melissa O’Shea of the Hello Stiletto Shoe Club for choosing Project Smile as the benefiting charity and organizing such a wonderful event,” said Catherine Pisacane, Executive Director. “We are looking forward to working together again.”


We are in the middle of snow season, so we thought it would be fun to take a look at snow-related trivia. Enjoy!
  • Snow blinds us with its gleaming white color because it reflects beams of white light. A beam of white sunlight entering a snow bank is so quickly scattered by a zillion ice crystals and air pockets that most of the light comes bouncing right back out of the snow bank. What little sunlight is absorbed by snow is absorbed equally over the wavelengths of visible light thus giving snow its white appearance.
  • Snow can actually be seen in several different colors. Snow can be red if the air during the snow formation contains red dust particles. Snowflakes forming around these tainted dust particles take on a reddish color. Red snow is found in those parts of Europe where the air is filled with dust particles from the red sands of the Sahara desert. In addition, certain types of algae stain snow yellow, purple, orange, green, and red.
  • 10 inches of snow melts down to about an inch of liquid rain.
  • Skiing emerged at least 5,000 years ago in Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the northern reaches of Russia and China. The first skis were probably ten feet long and had only loose willow or leather toe straps, which made it nearly impossible for the skier to turn or jump while in motion. Early skiers dragged a single long pole to slow themselves down.
  • The most snow to fall in the U.S. in one day was on April 14-15, 1921 in Silver Lake, Colorado where 76 inches of snow fell.
  • During the Great Blizzard of 1888, snow drifts on Long Island were as high as 50-60 feet.
  • The Winter of 1779-1780 was so cold that ice was piled 20 feet high along the Delmarva Coast (located in Delaware and parts of Maryland and Virginia) and stayed there until spring. The upper portion of the Chesapeake Bay and the entire Potomac River was frozen solid. People were able to walk from Annapolis to Kent Island and from Alexandria into DC.
Sports and Recreation

Monthly Meeting with talk by Frances Clark Refuge Plants for Refuge Wildlife

Please note that this meeting has been cancelled due to a forecast snowstorm. Stay tuned for information about rescheduling of this talk

For many of us naturalists, wild animals tend to trump plants in their interest and importance.  However, wild plants provide essential food and habitat for the animals living in our refuge.  See how plants support our favorite birds, mammals, and even insects in the wetlands, fields, and forests of our watershed.  You will find that native plants are not only intriguing and beneficial but also beautiful,  enhancing our knowledge and enjoyment of  nature throughout the seasons. You will also hear about the premier plant conservation organization in our area, the New England Wildflower Society and the role they play protecting wild flowers throughout the region by combining both "in situ" and "ex situ" conservation tools.

Frances Clark, is principal of Carex Associates specializing in botanical inventories, natural resource planning, and education.   She has conducted several botanical inventories in the SUASCO watershed and beyond and authored the SUASCO Watershed Biodiveristy Plan in 2000. She teaches at the New England Wild Flower Society where she has just stepped down from being the Chair of the Board of Trustees. She enjoys leading field trips throughout the area for a variety of organizations.

The Friends' monthly meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the new Visitor Center at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, 680 Hudson Road in Sudbury, MA (Google Map). A short business meeting and refuge update is followed by our featured speaker.

Sunday, January 30, 10:00 - 11:30 AMNature Day Hike with a Refuge Ranger

Join a refuge staff member for a walk of the refuge and learn about our local wildlife. Bring your binoculars, your bird and track guides and warm layers. If you don’t have binoculars or guides, we will have some available as well. Please meet in the lobby of the Visitor Center at 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA.

Thursday, February 3, 4:00 PMRefuge Staff's Volunteer Appreciation Day

It's that time of year when the refuge staff would like to give back to all of you for your many, many hours of hard work and dedication you have contributed to the refuge complex. They are hosting a specia  volunteer appreciation day just for you on Thursday, February 3rd, at 4pm. It will be held at the Visitor Center at Assabet River NWR, 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA.

Refuge staff will provide all of the food and fun, you just need to show up! They will also be awarding prizes based on each individual's volunteer hours through September 30, 2010. If you have not been submitting your timesheet, there is no way for them to know how many hours you have earned, so please do submit them ASAP.

This event is for new and long-time volunteers, so come mingle with old friends and make new ones! The staff would love to see you and hope as many people can attend as possible. If you haven't been able to volunteer this past year, that's okay, please still join us to celebrate! Please RSVP to Susan Russo (phone: 978.443.4661 x 34, email: Susan_J_Russo@fws.gov) by January 27th if you plan on attending and how many people will be in your party.

Friday, February 4, 1:30 PMWinter Film Series

Is it too cold for you? Come inside and watch the documentary “Manufactured Landscapes” on February 4th inside the Visitor Center at 680 Hudson Rd, Sudbury, MA. Popcorn will be provided!

In this 2006 documentary, photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing (Running Time: 80 minutes).

Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

School Closings

The Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough will be closed all day today, Thursday, January 27, 2011, because of the intensity of the present snow storm and the dangerous driving conditions


Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School is cancelled due to the snowstorm

Norfolk County Agricultural School is Closed Today due to the Snow Storm

Here We Go Again

Winter storm warning remains in effect from 4 pm this afternoon to 10 am est Thursday,
A winter storm warning remains in effect from 4 pm this afternoon to 10 am est Thursday.
Locations, most of Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts.
Hazard types, heavy snow.
Accumulations, 8 to 12 inches of snow.
Timing, light snow will begin near the south coast and in providence by 2 pm, before lifting north into the boston metro area by 4 pm. It will become steadier between 4 pm and 7 pm, with the heaviest snow expected between 9 pm tonight and 5 am Thursday. Snow should end by mid to late Thursday morning.
Impacts, roads may become snow covered and slippery, especially tonight when the snow falls heavy at times. This will be a wet snow near the coast, which may result in a few downed tree limbs and isolated power outages.
Winds, north 10 to 20 mph.
Temperatures, in the upper 20s to around 30.
Visibilities, one quarter mile at times.
Precautionary/preparedness actions,
Travel will be slow at best on well treated surfaces, and quite difficult on any unplowed or untreated surfaces.


New furnaces do not vent their gases through
chimneys - they go through the side of your home 
- usually at the basement level.
The following are a few illustrations of what vents look like:
For the safety of you and your family, ensure that all vents
are cleared of snow and ice after each storm.
Make sure you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed and working.
Should you, or any member of your family experience flu-like symptoms
and suspect that you have been exposed to CO, call 9-1-1 immediately


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Opens its Doors for February Vacation!!

Recreation is offering supervised open activities for kids to enjoy.  Kid's can choose to participate in a variety of activities.  Activities include:

  • Ping Pong
  • WII
  • Beach Volley
  • Karaoke
  • Make Pizzas & Cookies
  • Games
  • Crafts
  • Sledding

Grades 3 - 5

1 - 4pm

February 21 - 25


Min 10/Max 20

South Union (Art Center)

 Register Online Today!!

You can also fill out a registration form and drop it in the mail at no extra charge. 

Forms can be found on our website at www.southboroughrecreation.com


Author Talk and Booksigning

Learn about the uncertain fate of polar bears at Great White Bear: A Natural & Unnatural History of the Polar Bear, an author talk and booksigning with Kieran Mulvaney (pictured left), on Saturday, February 5, at 2:00 pm. Through a blend of history, science, myth, and personal observations, Mulvaney will provide a new lens through which to appreciate this unique animal. Free with museum admission.

Photo courtesy of Kieran Mulvaney.


Family Program

Join Harvard graduate students Emily Kay and Alexis Harrison for Valentine's Day in the Animal Kingdom, a family program on Sunday, February 13, at 2:00 pm. Explore some of the unusual and bizarre ways in which animals search for and find companions. Free with museum admission.


Gallery Exploration

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit and learn about the cultural significance and natural history of the Twelve Animals of the Chinese Zodiac, a gallery exploration, February 3-28. See specimens of the zodiac animals in the galleries and try your hand at drawing the animal assigned to the year of your birth. Free with museum admission.
Photo by Samantha van Gerbig, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University.


Kids' Drawing Classes

A few spaces remain for Capturing Large Cats with Pencil & Paper, on Saturday, February 12, 2:00-3:30 pm for students ages 9-13.

Combine your love for animals and drawing at Animal Naturalists, part of our February Science Week,
February 22-25, at 9:30 am - noon. Students grades 1-3 will investigate the lives of animals while practicing various drawing techniques.

617.495.2341 or email reservations@oeb.harvard.edu for more information or to register for these classes. Photo by Tony Rinaldo.

Harvard Museum of Natural History | 26 Oxford Street | Cambridge | MA | 02138
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7:30 pm 

Saturday, February 19, 2011



13 Port Street, Hudson, MA 


Featuring: Live Entertainment, DJ, Appetizers, Desserts, & a Cash Bar


Tickets: $25, $250 per table  

Purchase in advance, online or by phone






Sports and Recreation
View DetailsThe Marlboro Senior Softball Assoc is having registration for the
2011 season and we are looking for players of all talent levels for
weekday mornings. 55+ for men and 45+ for women. We are also looking
for players 50+ for Saturday travel league. You must have reached
the minimum age by December 31st. The only requirement is your
willingness to get out and give it a try. We presently will have 2
teams that will play once a week in the morning based in Marlboro
and a Saturday morning Travel league based in Wayland. Our schedule
runs from April to September. If interested you can contact Fred
Scerra at (774) 249-0143 or e-mail at marlsrsoftball@verizon.net.

Oh NO, Not more!!!

Winter storm warning in effect from 4 pm Wednesday to 10 am est Thursday,
The NWS in taunton has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow, which is in effect from 4 pm Wednesday to 10 am est Thursday. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect.
Locations, south central Massachusetts into northeast Massachusetts. This includes the boston metropolitan area.
Hazard types, heavy snow.
Accumulations, 6 to 10 inches of snow.
Timing, light snow is expected to develop early Wednesday evening. Snow will pickup in intensity Wednesday night falling moderate to heavy at times. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible from 9 pm Wednesday until 5 am Thursday. The snow should come to an end from west to east by mid to late Thursday morning.
Impacts, snow will cause untreated roads to become snow covered and slippery Wednesday evening. This is especially true later Wednesday night when the snow falls moderate to heavy at times.
Winds, north 5 to 15 mph.
Temperatures, in the upper 20s.
Visibilities, one quarter of a mile at times.
Precautionary/preparedness actions,
A winter storm warning is issued when an average of 6 or more inches of snow is expected in a 12 hour period, or for 8 or more inches in a 24 hour period. Travel will be slow at best on well treated surfaces, and quite difficult on any unplowed or untreated surfaces.


Firefighters Respond to Chimney Fire

January 24, 2010

Firefighters responded at 2:09 PM to a report of a possible chimney fire on Lynbrook Road. Temperatures were in the single digits at the time of the call.  Firefighters arrived to find fire possibly burning in the chimney.

Tower 21 was set up to the chimney, which was difficult to access from the ground.

A blockage was cleared in the chimney. Damage did not extend outside of the chimney.

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters Extinguish Chimney Fire on Mount Vickery Road

January 24, 2010

Firefighters responded to a Mt. Vickery Road home at 11:12 PM for a chimney fire - the second one of the day.

A chimney clogged with creosote built up enough heat to ignite the creosote.  Arriving firefighters found a red-hot chimney connector pipe, and light smoke in the house. The fire was extinguished in the wood-burning appliance, as well as the chimney. Damage was confined to the chimney. No injuries were reported.

All fire apparatus cleared the incident at 12:31 AM

The Recovery Connection
New Policy
For Activities during Meeting Times

To all members and meeting goers,

At The Recovery Connection's last community meeting that took place on Wednesday, January 19th there was a discussion followed by a vote about activities taking place during the time in which the meeting room is being leased. The outcome of that vote was that all activities were allowed to take place such as the television, computer access, and ping pong so long as the proper level of respect is maintained. If you have any questions regarding this change in policy please feel free to see one of the staff members.


-The Recovery Connection staff and members

This Saturday, January 29th there will be free haircuts at The Recovery Connection from 10am-12:30pm. This will continue every other Saturday going forward.

Hope to see everyone there!

-The Recovery Connections Members and Staff

Street Address 

  The Recovery Connection

  31 Main Street

  Marlborough, MA 01752

  See our directions page for details on how to find us.


  (508) 485-0298


  (508) 485-0312



Norris to Receive Dual Honors from CASE District 1

Principal Gifts Officer at St. Mark’s School
to be Recognized by CASE for Exemplary Service

January 25, 2011(Southborough, MA and Boston, MA)

Kingsley “Chip” Norris, principal gifts officer at St. Mark’s School, is being honored by the regional chapter of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District 1. Norris is receiving the Eleanor Collier award and the Quarter Century Circle award, both of which will be presented to him at the annual distinguished service recognition awards gala reception on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston.

The Eleanor Collier award recognizes a current member of CASE District I whose contribution to his/her organization and/or to the professions encompassed by the membership reflect honor on CASE, education, and those fields of professional expertise. The Quarter Century Circle award honors those who have completed 25 years of service for non-profit organizations in the professions encompassed by CASE.

Immediately following his graduation from Amherst College, Norris began his career in education as a science teacher at the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, MA.  Transitioning into administrative work, Norris first became director of admissions and then director of development, where he helped build the Annual Fund and led a successful capital campaign. 

In 1980, he moved to Southborough, MA to become the director of development and alumni relations at St. Mark’s School, where he works to this day.  During his tenure, the school has grown its Annual Fund from $285,000 to over $1.8 million; concluded two successful capital campaigns of $14 million and $52 million; created 12 new faculty chairs; and received more than $30 million in planned gifts.  In 2002, St. Mark’s School received a CASE – Wealth ID Award for Educational Fundraising.

“I am humbled and honored to have been nominated by me peers for this award,” said Norris. “As educational advancement professionals, our rewards are always the excellent learning which occurs in our school and college classrooms, and this award is a further affirmation of that value.”

Norris has served on several CASE Committees and has been a speaker at local, national and international conferences. 

About CASE International and CASE District I

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London and Singapore, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas. CASE's membership includes more than 3,400 colleges, universities, independent elementary and secondary schools, and educational associates in 61 countries around the world, making CASE one of the largest nonprofit education associations in terms of institutional membership. CASE serves more than 61,500 advancement professionals on the staffs of its member institutions and has more than 22,000 professional members on its roster.

CASE District I is the regional chapter of CASE International, and represents the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Our member institutions and individuals are located in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island; New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Prince Edward Island. The mission of CASE District I is to provide educational professionals in alumni relations, communications, and development with information, tools, and networking opportunities to advance both their careers and institutions.

About St. Mark’s School

St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA is a co-educational, college preparatory boarding school affiliated with the Episcopal Church. The School was founded in 1865 and currently enrolls 341 boarding and day students from 17 states and 17 countries. For more information, go to www.stmarksschool.org<http://www.stmarksschool.org>


Christine Tempesta                                                                         Timothy Lawlor

Director, Strategic Initiatives                                                       Asst. Vice President for Development
MIT Alumni Association                                                                 Stonehill College

and                                                                                                        and

CASE District I Awards Chair                                                         CASE District I Board Chair

tempesta@mit.edu                                                                        tlawlor@stonehill.edu

617-253-8222                                                                                     508-565-1344

Frozen Pipes

January 25, 2011 - The Southborough Post Office suffered some severe damage from a broken water pipe today.  In this cold weather it is imperative that the heat remains on, ceiling tiles or cabinet doors are left open to heat.  No heat in hidden spaces can oftentimes end up in a water disaster.

Northborough Road Sunset

January 25, 2011 Sunset is setting on Northborough Road.

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After the Storm

January 24, 2011  Canada Geese rest in the deep snow in Westborough along Flanders Road.

January 24, 2011 - Brothers and Sisters of cubscouts also joined in on the derby races.


January 24, 2011 - Fay School signs are almost not seen with the huge snowbanks that line the intersection of route 85 and 30.

Census Return Reminder


Verified and Signed 2011 Census Forms must be returned to the Town Clerk. Failure to do so shall result in removal from the active voting list and may result in the removal from Town rolls. All Southborough residents must be accounted for regardless of age.




There will be no parking on any public way in the Town of Southborough from 12 midnight until 6:00 a.m. and furthermore, there will be no parking on any public way during any snowstorm in the Town of Southborough. Vehicles parked will be towed at the owner’s expense (according to the Town’s Code).


This Ban will be in effect from December 1, 2010 through March 15, 2011.


Illegal parking during unusual storms occurring before or after the Ban will be dealt with according to Section 152-6 of the Code of the Town of Southborough.


A Cappellooza 2011 with the Clark Bars

Event: A Cappellooza 2011 with the Clark Bars
Description: An evening of A Cappella with the Clark University group “Clark Bars”, Algonqapella, Ladies First, and Soulfege
Date: Thursday Jan 27
Place: ARHS Auditorium
Cost: $2.00A Cappellooza 2011 with the Clark Bars


Southborough Sports and Recreation
Check out Southborough Recreation for all of its great programs and calendar
The Cookie Dance

January 23, 2011 - Scouts from troop 2766 sing and dance to sell Girl Scout Cookies while below they sold muffins, bagels, drinks and yes, cookies for the hungry scouts at the Pinewood Derby Saturday.

Listen and laugh with



11:00 AM


All welcome ~ No registration required

Sponsored by the Together We Can Family Network

Sunday  23

Monday  24

Tuesday 25

Wednesday 26

Thursday 27

Friday 28

Saturday 29












Preschool Story Time
Jan 24 10:30 AM  







Big Joe the Storyteller will be coming to the Library that same day – Saturday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m., in the lower level of the Library









Learn to Use the Computer
Jan 22 10:30 AM 









Southborough Library  website:  Click here

Please note that the Learn to Use a Computer hands-on session at the Library has been moved to Saturday, January 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the public computer area upstairs, and Big Joe the Storyteller will be coming to the Library that same day – Saturday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m., in the lower level of the Library.  All this snow has us moving things around a bit.

Senior Center Activities

17 Monday 18 Tuesday 19 Wednesday 20 Thursday 21 Friday 22 Saturday
8:30 am Health clinic 7:45 am Walking Group 8:30 am Health clinic 9:30 Mah Jongg
10:00 AM Canasta
open 9:00 AM
9:30 Tai Chi
9:00 AM Dr. Cooper 11:00 Senior Singers 10 AM Creative Writers 12:00 Pitch  
9:30 am Cribbage 12:00 PM Bridge
11:00 AM Culinary Underground Lucncheon
12:00 Pitch
5:00 Business Advisory Council
2:00 Fitness   2 pm fitness  


Senior Center "Main Room" is CLOSED
for Construction during the months of
Jan. & Feb. 20011

There will be NO Blues Plate Specials

Following is a list of Temporary Locations:




Pilgrim Church

Tai Chi:

Pilgrim Church

Senior Singers:

Pilgrim Church

Painting Workshops:

Colonial Gardens


Colonial Gardens (12-3)

Mah Jongg:

Board of Health

Saturday Mornings:

Country Kitchen at Senior Center



Inclement Weather Closing Policy

If Southboro Schools are delayed or closed due to inclement weather, then the Senior Center will be closed that day and all programs are cancelled, including Meals-on-Wheels



Click here for the Senior Center Website

Support Our Senior Centers:

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

Southborough meetings

January 24 to January 28, 2010





Advisory Board - Agenda Jan 24 7:30 PM Country Kitchen, Cordaville Hall, 9 Cordaville Road
Board of Health - Agenda Jan 24 7:00 PM Board of Health Meeting Room, 9 Cordaville Road
Northborough/Southborough Regional Academic Excellence Subcommittee - Agenda Jan 24 6:00 PM Algonquin Regional High School Faculty Library, 79 Bartlett Street, Northborough
Planning Board - Agenda Jan 24 7:00  PM McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House
Advisory Board - Agenda Jan 25 7:00 PM McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House
Board of Selectmen - Agenda Jan 25 7:00 PM McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House
Neary School Council - Agenda Jan 25 3:00 PM Neary School Conference Room, 53 Parkerville Road
Northborough/Southborough Regional Policy Development Subcommittee - Agenda Jan 25 4:00 PM Office of the Superintendent, 53 Parkerville Road
Southborough School Committee - Agenda Jan 25 6:30 PM Trottier Middle School Library, 49 Parkerville Road
Zoning Board of Appeals- Agenda Jan 26 7:00 PM McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House
Stewardship Committee - Agenda Jan 26 7:00 PM Country Kitchen, Cordaville Hall, 9 Cordaville Road
Transportation for Massachusetts Forum - Agenda Jan 26 6:00 PM Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street, Natick
Board of Assessors - Agenda Jan 26 8:30 AM Second floor small conference room, Town House
Conservation Commission - Agenda Jan 27 7:30 PM McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House
Northborough/Southborough Regional Naming Subcommittee - Agenda Jan 27 6:00 PM Algonquin Regional High School Library Classroom D110i, 79 Bartlett Street, Northborough

James Howard Traweek, 66, of Southborough, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at Lutheran Healthcare in Worcester, where he received the most loving and personalized care his last months of his life. He was the husband of Dean (Traynor) Traweek for the past 38 years. Jim graduated in 1994 from the University of Washington, Phi Beta Kappa, and completed two masters degrees there, one in South Asian studies from the Jackson School and the second in teaching English as a second language. Jims love of travel, spirituality, and languages are well known to his family and many friends. He earned numerous FLAS scholarships to pursue studies in Sanskrit, Hindi, Arabic, Persian, and Urdu, and spent the 1993-94 year in Lahore, Pakistan, studying Urdu intensively. In a desire to teach overseas following graduation from the UW, Jim attended teaching programs at Seattle Pacific University and Trenton State College to obtain his teaching certifications in elementary education, bilingual education, Hindi, Arabic, Urdu, anthropology, economics, history, and political science. Unable to teach abroad due to the emergence of his Parkinsons disease while he was only in his forties, Jim taught at the University of Washington and at North Seattle Community College from 1994 until he retired in 2002. He will be remembered as one of the true free spirits of his generation. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his siblings, Jack Traweek of Michigan and Florida, Marilyn Inserra of Illinois; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Jesse C. and Olive K. (Layman) Traweek, and a sister, Sarah Meyers Pate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in his memory to the American Parkinsons Disease Association (APDA), National Young Onset Center, 25 North Winfield Road, Winfield, IL 60190 or to Lutheran Healthcare, 26 Harvard St., Worcester, MA 01609. Arrangements are under the direction of Morris Funeral Home (www.MorrisFuneralParlor.com), 40 Main St., Southborough.

Chester Thomas Walenski, 84, of Ashland, passed away, Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham. Born in Medway, he was the son of the late Joseph and Martha (Bastek) Walenski, and husband to Anne Marie (Tierney) Walenski for 57 years. A resident of Ashland for 53 years, Chester was employed as an electronic technician with Raytheon Co. in Waltham for 42 years, retiring in 1999. He was a member of the Ashland Fish and Game and a longtime parishioner and usher at St. Matthew's Church in Southborough. Mr. Walenski served his country honorably with the Navy during WWII. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons; Stephen J Walenski and his wife Nancy of Canton; and Robert T. Walenski of Ashland; two brothers; William Walenski and his wife Margaret of Framingham; and Francis Walenski and his wife Marilyn of Holliston; and two sisters; Alice Walenski and Sophie Young, both of Framingham. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, Jan 24 at 10 a.m. in St. Matthew's Church in Southborough with burial to follow in Wildwood Cemetery in Ashland. Calling hours will be held Sunday from 4:00-7:00 PM in the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main St. in Ashland. www.mataresefuneral.com

Wind chill warning in effect from midnight tonight to 9 am est monday,
The NWS in taunton has issued a wind chill warning, which is in effect from midnight tonight to 9 am est monday. The wind chill watch is no longer in effect.
Locations, southwest New Hampshire, central and western Massachusetts and hartford county Connecticut.
Hazards, dangerously cold wind chill values.
Wind chill values, 25 to 35 degrees below zero.
Winds, northwest 5 to 10 mph.
Temperatures, 10 to 25 degrees below zero.
Timing, late tonight through mid morning Monday
Precautionary/preparedness actions,
A wind chill warning is issued when the wind chill index is likely to fall to -25 degrees or colder for at least 3 hours. A wind chill index below -30 can bring about frostbite in as little as 10 minutes. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors, dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite



animals,canines,cats,creatures,dogs,mammals,nature,petsFRAMINGHAM, MA – “As the harsh winter months settle in, it is important that you think about keeping your pets safe from all of the dangers that the season can present,” states Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency  (MEMA) Acting Director Kurt Schwartz.  “MEMA offers some tips to help insure your pet’s safety.”

·        Do not leave your pet outdoors when temperatures drop below freezing. Dogs need outdoor exercise, but take care not to keep them outdoors for lengthy periods of time during very cold weather.  Pets that are mostly indoors need time to adapt to cold temperatures by building up a thicker coat and toughening their footpads for ice and snow. Short-coated dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater during walks.  Dogs and cats are safer indoors during all sorts of extreme weather.


·        Care for your pet’s feet. If your pet walks on salted or chemically treated areas, be sure to wash its paws after your walk.  Gently rub the bottom of the feet to remove these irritants as soon as your dog is off the road.  Many dogs need boots in cold weather, regardless of their coat length.  If your dog frequently lifts up its paws, whines or stops during walks, it may be demonstrating that its feet are uncomfortably cold.


·        Wind-chill is a threat to pets, even those protected by shelters.  Outdoor dogs must be protected by a dry, draft-free doghouse that is large enough to allow the dog to both sit and lie down comfortably, but small enough to retain body heat.  The floor should be elevated a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The entrance of the doghouse should be turned to face away from prevailing winds, and the entrance should be covered with a flap of heavy waterproof fabric or heavy plastic.


·        Pets who spend a greater amount of time outdoors in the winter need more food.  Maintaining warmth depletes energy. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to ensure the water is fresh and not frozen.  To prevent your pet’s tongue from freezing to its feeding or drinking bowl, plastic, rather than metal food and water bowls are preferred.


·        Never leave a pet locked inside a car during extremely cold weather.  Cars can actually act like a refrigerator, holding in cold air, putting your pet at risk.


·        Be leery of frozen bodies of water. Always keep your pets on a leash when walking them near suspected frozen bodies of water.  The ice may not be sturdy enough to support your pet.  If a pet falls through the ice, do not attempt to rescue your pet yourself; call 9-1-1 or go for help.

·        Antifreeze and de-icing chemicals can be hazardous. Many types of antifreeze have a sweet taste that can attract animals.  Always store antifreeze out of reach and clean up spills. Antifreeze made with propylene glycol can actually be swallowed in small amounts and not injure pets, wildlife or humans.


·        Warm automobile engines are dangerous for cats and small wildlife. Parked vehicles can attract small animals, which may crawl under the hood seeking warmth.  To avoid injuring hiding animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them off before starting your engine.

For additional information about keeping your pets safe, go to the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART) website at www.smart-mass.org.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Winter Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema. Follow MEMA updates on Facebook and Twitter.

The 2011 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona- FOUR Reasons To Make A THIRD Pass.

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For Immediate Release -January 21, 2011

Boston, MA- As the 2011 new year rings in, Guardian Angel Motorsports embarks on its biggest challenge ever as it races to raise enough money to give FOUR charities.   

You, our supporters have taught us so much in the past several years.  You've helped us impact those around us.  We've shown our neighbors that the race track isn't the only place to face a challenge.  We acknowledge that sometimes, life intrudes on our plans, our health, our families and that the kindness of stranger isn't completely lost in today's day & age.


The 2011 Charity Line Up at Guardian Angel Motorsports drives that point home.   We've been so fortunate to have some BIG, EARLY wins.  The momentum is huge, please help us maintain that momentum and continue knocking down the 'laps' towards our fund raising goal. Our goal - for FOUR people.   Four of the toughest, most relentless 'racers' you'll ever meet. 


Please allow us to introduce you to them:

Samanthas Facial Scars
Samanthas Facial Scars
Bella Tests New Prosthetics
Bella Tests New Prosthetics









Paul age 6
Paul age 6


Modern Day Slavery
Modern Da








We're racing to raise awareness for these four heros.  To help them gain the awareness and the money they need to continue their day to day battles.   


We You Please Support Them with Your Donation?


The Guardian Angel Motorsports 2011 Rolex 24hr driver line up of Oliver Gavin, Gunter Schaldach, Eric Curran and Bruce Ledoux (right photo) complete KWL Trucking/TheCoolTV/EMC Camaro GT entry.  This year's entry marks Ledoux's third, with his teams having donated more that $150,000 to children's charities in its first two years. 

KWL Trucking of Franklin, MA gave the team an infrastructure grant that provided the financial support it needed to field the 2011 entry.  "Dave and Sara, KWL Trucking principals, are the reason our entry is possible," says Ledoux.  "Because of them we're able to bring awareness to kids in need.  They've given us the gift of giving. 

EMC Corporation of Hopkinton, MA, and EMC's Senior Vice President of Manufacturing, Micheal Kerouac and his wife Ann stepped forward with a combined $20,000 contribution for Bella.  "We are touched by Bella's story and the intensity of Guardian Angel Motorsport's fund raising effort."  commented Mike Kerouac.  "We're delighted to bring awareness to this young girl in our community that really needs our help.  We hope our gift provides enough momentum to bring this cause to the finish line."

"Nobody travels through life without some scars" comments Ledoux, "Our mission is to ask the fans of motorsports to help children that need help with their scars.  Imagine what we could accomplish if we could get just half of those 72 million fans to each give $1.00 and be a child's Guardian Angel.  Now that would be the real victory."

To donate or learn more about how to get involved for the 2011 season please visit: www.guardianangelmotorsports.com


About Guardian Angel Motorsports: Guardian Angel Motorsports (GAM) is a nonprofit that raises money and awareness for children's charities. We've combined our determination to help children, with our passion for motorsports. We get attention for children in need by enlisting racecar drivers to race on behalf of GAM.  Since we're also drivers, sometimes we race ourselves. To that end, it was a no-brainer to use the sport we love to raise awareness for the causes we love.In the past two years combined we've donated over $150,000 for children's charities. That number is about to grow because now we've got momentum. So please help our cause, and help us be a guardian angel for kids.

About KWL Trucking:  Is an international shipping company proud of its ability to provide you with fast, safe, and insured service. KWL's mission is to provide best in class transportation services that focus on exceeding our customer's expectations each and every day. We partner with your company to tailor our organization around your individual requirements. The net result is premium quality, premium service and premium customer satisfaction.

About EMC:  Second only to your people, your information is your organization's most important asset. EMC provides the technologies and tools that can help you release the power of your information. We can help you design, build, and manage flexible, scalable, and secure information infrastructures. And with these infrastructures, you'll be able to intelligently and efficiently store, protect, and manage your information so that it can be made accessible, searchable, shareable, and, ultimately, actionable.

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Sports and Recreation

Sudbury Valley Trustees- Wildlife Tracking Program

Lyons-Cutler Reservation, Sudbury

Saturday, February 12: 9:00AM- 12:00Noon

Winter is a great time to learn what wildlife is out and about in our region. Come out for a morning walk at SVT’s Lyons-Cutler Reservation with SVT volunteer and tracker Dan Foster to discover what’s been hanging around. One of the scenic highlights of this reservation is an active great blue heron nest colony, located on the northern edge of the reservation along Allowance Brook. White-tailed deer are also a common sight along the trails.

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

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

Algonquin Regional High School Sports

Monday 1/24

3:30PM C V Swimming @ Worcester

5:20PM B V Ice Hockey @ Leominster High School

5:30PM G V Ice Hockey @ Auburn High School

7:00PM G V Gymnastics vs. Hudson/Marlboro

Tuesday 1/25

4:00PM B FR Basketball @ North Middlesex H S

4:00PM G FR Basketball vs. North Middlesex H S

5:30PM B JV Basketball @ North Middlesex H S

5:30PM G JV Basketball vs. North Middlesex H S

7:00PM B V Basketball @ North Middlesex H S

7:00PM G V Basketball vs. North Middlesex H S

Wednesday 1/26

6:30PM B V Wrestling vs. Marlborough High School

8:00PM G V Ice Hockey @ Wilmington High School

Thursday 1/27

3:00PM C V Ski vs. Race GS @Ski Ward

7:00PM G V Gymnastics vs. Shrewsbury High School

Friday 1/28

4:00PM B FR Basketball vs. Milford High School

4:00PM G FR Basketball @ Milford High School

4:00PM C V Swimming @ Quad - ARHS/Wach/West/Brom

5:30PM B JV Basketball vs. Milford High School

5:30PM G JV Basketball @ Milford High School

7:00PM B V Basketball vs. Milford High School

7:00PM G V Basketball @ Milford High School

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School Sports

Monday 1/24

Tuesday 1/25

3:30PM G FR Basketball vs. Oakmont Regional High Sch

5:00PM G JV Basketball vs. Worcester Technical H.S.

5:30PM B JV Basketball @ Worcester Technical H.S.

6:30PM G V Basketball vs. Worcester Technical H.S.

7:00PM B V Basketball @ Worcester Technical H.S.

8:10PM B JV Ice Hockey @ Grafton High School

Wednesday 1/26

5:50PM B V Ice Hockey vs. Littleton High School

Thursday 1/27

3:30PM B FR Basketball vs. Bay Path RegTechHS Postponed to TBA

4:00PM B V Ice Hockey @ Lunenburg High School

5:30PM B JV Basketball vs. Bay Path RegTechHS

7:00PM B V Basketball vs. Bay Path RegTechHS

Friday 1/28

3:30PM G FR Basketball vs. Bay Path RegTechHS

5:00PM G V Basketball @ Parker School

6:30PM B V Basketball @ Parker School