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March 13, 2011 - March 19, 2011

Super Full Moon


March 19, 2011 - Full moon tonight.

Receding Ice

March 19, 2011 - The reservoir ice is breaking up.  Spring starts tomorrow! Although a look at next weeks temps don't seem to reveal that.

Voter Registration Deadline March 22nd
The Town Clerk's Office will be open until 8PM, so residents can register to vote for the upcoming Town Meeting and Annual Town Election.


Spring time is near.  That means the ticks are out.  Check with Healthy Paws for the latest in flea and tick products.  Have an emergency with your pet? Healthy Paws has the latest in technology and expertise in treating your pet.  Have to find kitty a place to stay while you vacation? Have your cat vacation in at the Black Cat Inn at Healthy Paws.  Healthy Paws is so conveniently located in Westborough just a stone's throw across the town line at Fruit Street just up the street from where Southville and Flanders Road meet.

So that swan you have featured on middle road! We love that swan, however there is a woman that walks that way on a daily basis that throws rocks at it! My kids are soooo upset about it, I am trying to figure out who she is , I was going to follow her one day! At first we thought she was feeding it bread, untill we actually saw her THROWING the rocks! Sooo mean! Feel free to post this in case she reads it, she may leave our middle road swan ALONE!

Middle Road neighbors and friends of the swan

Filing your income taxes

Time to gather your W-2s and receipts in order to file your annual income taxes. But did you know you actually have an extra few days to file this year?

Local holidays in Washington DC and Massachusetts have caused the federal and state tax filing deadlines to be extended beyond April 15, 2011:

·        Federal taxes must be filed by Monday, April 18, 2011

·        Massachusetts state taxes must be filed by Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Below are a few resources that might make your filing experience easier:

·        File electronically. Almost all taxpayers can e-file their Massachusetts income tax returns directly with the Department of Revenue and, in most cases, you'll receive your refund in 3-4 days.

·        Download forms and schedules: View a list of the personal income tax forms and schedules (for both residents and non-residents) that you might need.

·        Business Filers: Information for individuals and tax professionals filing business taxes, including detailed material on estimated payments, wage reporting, filing online and more.

For additional state tax information, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Revenue's website at www.mass.gov/do


News from the Recovery Connection

The Recovery Connection is putting together a vision statement and everyones input would be greatly appreciated. There is a whiteboard in the main part of the center with ideas members have had thus far. Input, ideas and changes would be great. If you get the chance stop down and take a look and maybe you can be a part of this great process. Our vision statement is where we would like our center to be down the road. Have a great weekend everyone.

Unfortunately The Recovery Connection will not be entering a team into the Worcester Sober Softball League this year due to a lack of interest. A sign up sheet has been located at the front desk for a few weeks now and only 2 people had signed up. The league needed an answer as to our participation and based on the lack of interest and the fact that no one was interested in coaching we were unable to enter a team. Sorry for the disappointing news.

The Recovery Sponsors an adopt a space located at the intersection of Main and Bolton St. This will be our third year sponsoring this location. Our sign is located there and it is very important to keep that area looking great as it reflects upon the center and the recovering community as a whole. If anyone is interested in helping with the upkeep of the adopt a space please see Kelly at the center. Help is very much needed and all volunteers are appreciated. Thanks and hope there will be some interest.

Its that time of year! The Fourteenth Annual New England Regional Convention for Narcotics Anonymous is coming April 15th-17th to Sturbridge, MA. The convention will be taking place at The Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center located at 366 Main St. Sturbridge, MA. Room reservations can be made by calling 508-347-7393. The Recovery Connection is looking to find out who is interested in attending this great event. If you think you may be interested in attending this convention please sign up at The Recovery Connection on the flyer located at the front desk. We hope everyone takes part and if you are able to provide transportation to this event please note that on the sign up sheet.


The Recovery Connection

31 Main Street, Marlborough, MA 01752

(508) 485-0298



Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Knights of Columbus Southborough

Free Throw Winners at the District Finals!!

Figure 1 Left to Right, Katelyn Clark (Winner 14 yr olds), Annie Campbell (Winner 13 yr olds), Julie Edson (Winner 10 yr olds), Jim Sullivan of K of C, Jake Clark (Winner 12 yr olds), Andrew Warfield (Winner 13 yr olds) and Patrick Moran (Winner 14 yr olds). contributed photo


The Knights of Columbus of Southborough hosted a basketball “Free Throw” competition for boys and girls ages 10-14 years of age.  The winners from Southborough went on the Districts where they did a super job and are now competing at the Central Regional’s.  The winners at Central will progress to the statewide championship!


Get Ready to play Ball!

             The Marlboro Senior Softball is coming to a close for the 2011 Indoor Softball Season as the boys of winter get ready for the boys of summer.    We will be starting in April for practice and the season will start the first week of May.  We will be playing a 20 week schedule of doubleheaders giving players a 40 game season.  Men players must be 55+ and women 45+.

 We have a limited number of openings for our regular season teams so if anyone is interested in playing in our regular season should contact Fred Scerra at (774) 249-0143 or e-mail at marlsrsoftball@verizon.net as soon as possible.


March 18, 2011 - The swan seen around Middle Road north as it cruises the road/reservoir bank.

Be aware that there are solicitors "pretending" that they are representing the Southborough Veterans and seeking money.  According to Commander Steve Wynot of the Southborough Veterans  "we are NOT associated with this and would strongly suggest that people make a "Informed decision" if they decide to donate to a cause...
The Southborough Veterans are NOT soliciting...






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2011 Boston Flower & Garden Show

 “A Burst of Color: Celebrating the Container Garden”

Boston showcase features one of the most popular gardening trends


March 16 – March 20 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston


Boston, Mass. (August 12, 2010) – After hosting over 67,000 visitors to its inaugural Flower & Garden Show in March 2010, consumer show producer Paragon Group of Needham, Massachusetts is pleased to announce the theme of its 2011 event — A Burst of Color: Celebrating the Container Garden. This spring’s Show will return to the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston on Wednesday, March 16 through Sunday, March 20. The Show will focus on the endless creative possibilities of container gardening, showcasing dozens of ways to add vibrancy, warmth, and drama to any size space – a sunny welcome on a city terrace, a gourmet harvest in a suburban side yard, or a fresh focal point for a mature landscape. 


Set to the backdrop of over 25 garden displays by cutting-edge landscape professionals and area nurseries, the Show will feature 28 lectures including those by top garden writers Ellen Odgen Ecker and Tovah Martin, 30 gardening demonstrations from leading experts and gardening groups such as the New England Rose Society and Ikebana International, and daily cooking segments from local gurus such as garden chef Carole Murko of Heirloom Meals and the culinary team at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Visitors to the Show will also enjoy daily children’s gardening activities, two hundred vendors featuring hundreds of the newest products, as well as chances to take home exciting giveaways.


The tradition continues as the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts coordinate colorful competitions amongst the region’s top amateur floral arrangers and horticulturists. The 2011 Boston Flower & Garden Show is produced by Paragon Group, event marketer and producer of major events, including the New England International Auto Show and the National Golf Expo Boston.  


2011 Boston Flower & Garden Show:

  • Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston



  • Preview Party: Tuesday, March 15, 7-9 PM

  • Wednesday, March 16 through Saturday, March 19, 9 AM – 8 PM

  • Sunday, March 20, 9 AM – 6 PM



·         $20 for adults

·         $17 for seniors (65+)

·         $10 for children ages 6-17

·         Children under age 6 admitted free

·         Group rates for 20 or more at $16 per ticket


For more information, please call the Paragon Group at (781) 273-5533 or visit www.thebostonflowershow.com.  





Round Robin

March 18, 2011 - Robins fill in the field at the Neary School.


Richard K. Bennett                                 Michael D. Murphy

Marlborough Hospital Announces New Board Chairman and Vice Chairman


Marlborough, MA (March 18, 2011) – Marlborough Hospital President and CEO John Polanowicz has announced the election of two board of trustee members to leadership positions.


Richard K. Bennett, president and CEO of Marlborough Savings Bank, has been elected chairman of Marlborough Hospital’s board of trustees. The Marlborough Hospital board of trustees is an all volunteer board.


Bennett is president and CEO of Marlborough Savings Bank, joining the bank in 2001. At Marlborough Savings Bank, Mr. Bennett oversees its daily operations. He has been a member of the Marlborough Hospital board of trustees since 2004.  In addition to his role with Marlborough Hospital, he has served as president and director of the Marlborough Rotary Club, and as one of the directors of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Bennett resides in Stow.


Mr. Bennett takes over the chairmanship from Cornelius “Neil” Ferris of Southborough, who is retiring after serving 10 years as a member of the Marlborough Hospital board of trustees, eight of those years as chairman. Mr. Ferris also served four years as a member of the UMass Memorial Health Care system board of trustees.


Michael D. Murphy, president of D. Francis Murphy Insurance in Hudson has been appointed vice chairman.

Murphy began serving on the development committee of the hospital in 2005 and has been a member of the Marlborough Hospital board since 2008. He is president of D. Francis Murphy Insurance in Hudson and has been with the agency for over 20 years. Mr. Murphy has served on the board of the Marlborough Economic Development Council and the development committee for the Boys and Girls Club of MetroWest. He resides

in Bolton.  


We are grateful to have these two respected leaders take on these leadership roles at such a critical time in health care,” said Polanowicz. “Rick and Michael bring a great deal of experience in guiding their respective organizations to much success and growth. We look forward to their guidance as the hospital continues to expand its services to the community and our ongoing focus on patient care.”


Murphy and Bennett assumed their new positions in March.  


About Marlborough Hospital
Marlborough Hospital, a community resource since 1890, is served by a medical staff of more than 300 primary care physicians and specialists. The hospital provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and ancillary services, including oncology, laboratory and radiology services, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, inpatient and partial day mental health services as well as diabetes education and management. A state-of-the-art Emergency Department, staffed by emergency medicine physicians from the UMass Memorial Medical Center, provides 24-hour emergency care. For more information about the hospital visit: www.marlboroughhospital.org.


About Marlborough Savings Bank

Marlborough Savings Bank (MSB) is a locally run, independent mutual savings institution serving the MetroWest communities of Massachusetts since 1860. Mutual savings banks are owned by its depositors, not stockholders, which deepens its commitment to its customers and the communities it serves. With branch offices in Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough, Sudbury and Westborough, MSB provides an extensive array of financial services and products for all personal and business life stages. A strong supporter of the communities, MSB is redefining what makes a great bank. For more information, visit www.agreatbank.com.


About D. Francis Murphy Insurance Agency

Founded in 1937, Murphy Insurance Agency is headquartered in Hudson, MA with additional offices in Bolton, Groton, Harvard, Marlborough, Mendon and Medway. It has received the prestigious Five Star Agency Designation conferred by the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents recognizing excellence. The Agency serves the personal, business and financial insurance needs of individuals, families and companies across Massachusetts delivering on its promise of "insurance made simple."

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Sudbury Valley Trustees

Nibbling on Natives in Your Backyard and Beyond

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Tuesday, April 5, 7:00-9:00PM


Sudbury Valley Trustees presents Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of “Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten”.  There’s an increasing inclination to utilize more native species in home landscaping, yet for some people, this alone may be insufficient motivation to “go native.”  Join Russ for a 90-minute slideshow that features at least three dozen species of native edible wild plants suitable for your home landscape or nibbling on as you encounter them in other locales.  More details can be found at www.svtweb.org/events-calendar.

Registration required.  SVT Members: Free, Non-Members: $10


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

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


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

MAY 13-14, 2011

Bird-a-thon 2011

It's time for Bird-a-thon! Join the 24-hour birding extravaganza that raises money for Mass Audubon and is great fun, too, as teams compete across the state. It's the Original Tweet!  
Metrowest's Best Dance and Movement Company



Entering their seventh year the Movement Project was founded by Chrissy Reynolds and is based at the acclaimed Metrowest facility Annemarie's Dance Center.  The dance center is conveniently located just a short distance from Southborough at 111 Cherry Street right off Ashland's Cordaville Road.  508-881-5109.


Japan Disaster Relief: Tips for Giving Wisely
In the wake of the devastating earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan and its aftermath, the Attorney General’s Office encourages residents to consider donating to charitable organizations that can help those who have been impacted by this devastating natural disaster. Relief efforts are currently underway and are expected to continue through the upcoming months. In light of this ongoing effort, the AGO warns potential donors to protect themselves from fundraising scams claiming to benefit those affected by last week's catastrophe.

To best assure that your donation will be used for its intended purpose, the AGO offers the following suggestions:

•Check to see if the charity is registered and filing with the Attorney General’s Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division. Registration and filing information can be obtained online at www.mass.gov/ago/charitiesreports  or by calling the division at 617-727-2200 x2101.
•Know your charity. Take the time to verify the address, phone number, contact information, and review the website and written material, when possible. If you have any doubts, well established charities with experience in disaster relief are generally a good choice.
•Do not pay by cash. Pay by check, and make it out to the charity (use its full name; don't use initials), not the fundraiser. Never give your credit card number to a fundraiser over the telephone.
All charities and fundraisers operating in Massachusetts are required by law to register with the AGO. This requirement also applies to businesses that advertise a portion of their sales will go to earthquake relief. While registration with the AGO does not indicate that the office approves or endorses the organization, it does provide the public with valuable information regarding how long the organization has been in existence, its financial condition and its track record of complying with state registration and filing requirements.

For more tips on giving wisely to disaster relief charities, please visit the Non-Profits & Charities portion of the AGO website.




Chief and/or Forest Warden:

To address recent changes in federal Air Quality Standards, the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) now issues daily determinations about the suitability of conditions for open burning, based on monitoring of the atmosphere and weather.   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently tightened the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ground-level ozone, and has also established a new standard for fine particles.  While ground-level ozone or “smog” is a health concern primarily during the warm weather months, particle pollution – an airborne mixture of solids and liquid droplets often resulting from combustion – can pose year-round health risks, particularly for children, seniors, and people with asthma, other respiratory problems, and heart-related issues.

Massachusetts law allows open burning from January 15 to May 1 (except in 22 communities where the practice is prohibited).  During this period, MassDEP is responsible for safeguarding the public from health risks associated with open burning on days when weather and wind conditions will not disperse smoke effectively.  Massachusetts Fire Departments can help by issuing permits for open burning only on days when air quality is good, and weather/wind conditions are favorable for effective smoke dispersal.   In this way, we can minimize the potential air pollution threat to people who are sensitive to smoke, and to the community at large.

In an effort to provide timely assessments of air quality conditions to local fire departments before they issue permits, DEP has set up two venues for obtaining its daily forecasts. 

The  windy, dry days of spring, which are better for smoke dispersal are generally high brush/grass fire danger days (the tree canopy has not come into full bloom resulting in tinder-dry leaves and grass on the ground in woods and forests), and burning is not allowed on those days. Cloudy, damp days, which drastically reduce the chance of a permit fire causing an out-of-control brush/grass fire are not conducive for good air quality. Brush burning permit days will be greatly reduced this season due to these enhanced regulations.


Plan your burning ahead of time.

Chipping and mulching are alternatives recommended by DEP



LAST NIGHT on Wednesday March 16th the Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling, MA at 17 Laurelwood Rd in Sterling MA was broken in to....

 the kennel door was kicked open and a total of 9 PUPPIES all recovering from surgery and on much needed medications were stolen from the shelter.

Sterling PD was here today dusting for finger prints, taking photos and looking for evidence. A stolen car was recovered with engine still running at a daycare facility behind the shelter and abandoned. We believe there were more than 1 person/s involved and that they'd probably been here...to scope out the property and knew exactly what they were looking for.

These puppies were all rescues from the South where they were facing euthanasia due to overpopulation. HALF OF THESE PUPPIES WERE SCHEDULED TO BE SENT TO THE DEDHAM ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE FOR ADOPTION AS WELL!






 Both black/white puppies on the left STOLEN [cid:8c5aa353-147b-4603-85ef-828029210f97] The black puppy STOLEN on the left [cid:18f3d0ec-eaa3-4ab6-b9d8-028b66a89ab8]

Both puppies on the left STOLEN
Four our of the 5 puppies in this litter STOLEN (only the puppy in the far back pink color b/w spotted is still here) 4 out of 5 of these puppies STOLEN [cid:d8e646b8-152e-4acc-a95b-36bcf732bd59]
Leigh Grady
Executive Director

Animal Shelter Inc
17 Laurelwood Road
Sterling MA 01564

978 422 8585 phone
978 422 8574 fax




wind advisory in effect from 11 am to 7 pm edt Friday
The NWS in taunton has issued a wind advisory, which is in effect from 11 am to 7 pm edt Friday.
Locations, all of southern New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Hazards, strong to perhaps damaging west to northwest winds.
Winds, a high probability of west winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph, and a low probability of a few gusts up to 60 mph!
Timing, strongest winds will occur from about 11 am to 7 pm.
Impacts, winds this strong are capable of downing small tree limbs and branches, possibly causing isolated power outages. Driving can also be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
Precautionary/preparedness actions,
A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39 mph or gusts will range between 46 and 57 mph. Winds this strong are capable of downing small tree limbs and branches, possibly causing isolated power outages. Driving can also be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

Legislative Redistricting Information Now Available Online,
Local Hearing Scheduled


BOSTON – Yesterday, the Massachusetts legislature launched a new web site to make information on legislative redistricting readily available to the public. The redistricting process, which occurs every ten years following the federal census, will result in new boundaries for state House of Representative, state Senate, and congressional districts and will be complete by the fall of 2011.

A Joint Legislative Committee on Redistricting was recently appointed and yesterday launched a website, www.malegislature.gov/District, that includes historic maps, census data, committee announcements and documents, public hearing dates and an email for contacting the committee directly. The site will be updated regularly.

A Metrowest hearing date on the redistricting process has been scheduled for May 11 at 6p.m. at Framingham State University. More information is available on the site and the public is encouraged to attend and participate in the process.


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


Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Closed for the Season

Conference: Protecting Watershed Resources in a Changing Climate


Tuesday, April 5th, 8:30 am to Noon
Sheraton Colonial Hotel North Conference

& Visitor's Center
One Audubon Road

Wakefield, MA

Sponsored by the Saugus River Watershed Council, this event will provide an excellent opportunity for learning about protecting watershed resources and local infrastructure while dealing with heavy rainstorms, extended dry periods, sea level rise, and other environmental challenges associated with climate change.  Topics include: low impact development, climate change in New England, green design - LEED, stormwater controls, and guidance for DEP's new stormwater management requirements for municipal systems.
Featured speakers from GeoSyntec Consultants include Steven Roy, LEED, AP and Robert Hartzel, CLM, CPESC.
All are welcome to attend - the workshop is geared toward municipal officials, conservation commission members, town engineers, community leaders, residents, environmental groups, and anyone interested in protecting watershed resources.  RSVP requested.
This FREE event is part of the Saugus River Watershed Council's Climate Change Awareness Program funded in part by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust.


For more information, go here.


Recreation Report March 15, 2011


Dare we say that Spring might finally be around the corner?  The longer days and the sight of green grass is certainly a welcome change!  Please read on to see the fun programming beginning this month and learn about the Early Bird discounts being offered on summer playground camps!
New Programs Start Saturday!!


Don't miss out on these fun PK and Youth programs scheduled to start March 19th!  Sign up now!  Limited spaces are still available for these programs:

PK Basketball - Learn the basics of passing, dribbling and shooting in this introduction to basketball program.  Saturdays from 9:00 to 10:00am at the Woodward School gym.  For ages 4 to 6. 

(5 weeks/$65)

PK Indoor Soccer - Basic soccer skills are taught through creative games and simulated scrimmages.  Saturdays, 10:15 to 11:15am at Woodward School.

(5 weeks/$65)

Youth Basketball - FAST Athletics will teach the basic rules of basketball as well as develop the basketball skill set of your child.  Scrimmages and games will be the main focus of this program.  For K through Grade 2 at the Woodward School Gym on Saturdays from 11:30 to 12:30pm.  (5 weeks/$65) 

Additional Programs starting soon....

Gym and Swim - Children ages 2.9 to 5 years enjoy 40 minutes of gym time followed by 40 minutes of Red Cross Swim Lessons.  Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2pm OR Fridays from 9:30 to 11am, at Westborough Tennis & Swim Club, beginning April 6th or 8th. This is a drop off program.  (6 weeks/$156)

Tiny Trotters Horse Program at Lil Folk Farm - Explore the wonderful world of ponies and farm life by learning grooming, tacking, handling and care through hands on interaction.  Program includes a weekly private riding lesson.  Wednesdays OR Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30am OR 1 to 3pm, beginning March 30 or 31st

(5 weeks/$225)

PK & Youth Tennis at Shrewsbury Heath & Racquet Club - Age appropriate tennis lessons for ages 4 to 14.  Classes are offered in 10 week sessions and meet on various days and times depending on age and skill level.  Sessions begin late March/early April.  Visit our online brochure for exact dates and times.  



St. Patrick's Day Party this Thursday!  

St. Patrick's Day Party - Join us Thursday from 4 to 5:30pm for the annual St. Patrick's Day Party to be held at the Recreation Department, top floor.   Cost $5/family and includes activities and light refreshments!
Easter Egg Hunt - Bring your basket and join us for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Community House on Saturday, April 9th at 10am!  This event for Southborough residents only. 
These events sponsored by the Friends of Southborough Recreation


Click on Friends of Recreation link to pre-register for either of these events!!



Register Online or drop by our office Monday through Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm to register in person.


Doreen Ferguson, Director Southborough Recreation
Southborough Recreation


In This Issue
New Spring Programs
Holiday Parties!
Early Bird Discounts!

Get Your Early Bird Discounts Now!

Register now through April 30th to receive Early Bird discounts on  Recreation Summer Camps! Camps are offered in eight one-week sessions beginning June 27th and running through August 19th. Camps run rain or shine from 9am to 12pm with an optional lunch hour available.  Early Bird Discounts apply to complete registrations and payments received by the Recreation Office no later than 4:30pm on April 29th or processed online before May 1st.  Non-residents are welcome to register at no additional fee!


Kid's Kamp

Kid's Kamp enhances the academic, physical and social skills of children in a fun filled and friendly environment and offers a unique opportunity to familiarize your child with the Finn School!  This camp is located at the playground and offers a nurturing and fun environment for children aged 2.9 (must be potty trained) to entering first grade.  


Kid's Klub

Kid's Klub fosters the physical and social development of older kids in a fun filled and friendly environment.  This camp is located outdoors at the Woodward School and is for kids entering grades 2 to 5. 


Enrolling in Recreation Camps is a great way to show support for your town!!


Fun for Adults too!


College Tuition Seminar

Join Tim Higgins, author of Pay for College Without Sacrificing Your Retirement for this workshop focused on strategies for addressing the high cost of college tuition. Tuesday, March 29th from 6:30 to 9pm at the Senior Center.  $15/pp

Ultimate Boot Camp - This class is designed to give you a high intensity total-body work out! Meets Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 6 to 7am in the Trottier Gym beginning March 14. $300/pp


NYC Broadway Trip April 9 Reserved Front Balcony seating for 2pm performance of Broadway's newest show Spider Man Turn off the Dark is included.    $149/pp includes all taxes, admissions and transportation.







Southborough Library to Host Galway Bay author Mary Pat Kelly, Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m.

SOUTHBOROUGH – Author and filmmaker, Mary Pat Kelly, will visit the Southborough Public Library to share her many family stories on Ireland, the struggle of the Irish in history, and to talk about her most recent book, Galway Bay, which has just recently been published in paperback. The public is invited to this free event on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Ms. Kelly has worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter for two large movie houses, and in New York City as associate producer with Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live. She received her PhD from the City University of New York.
Among the book’s many praises, the late Frank McCourt said, “After reading her novel… you might wonder if Mary Pat Kelly knows everything about 19th century Ireland, the Great Famine, and the emigrant experience in America. As they say in Ireland, ‘take your ease with this book’…you'll need time for laughter and tears and pure magic."
The Library is located at 25 Main Street, at the corner of Routes 85 and 30. All are welcome. Please visit or call the library at 508-485-5031 to sign up for this event.


Assabet Valley Mastersingers Present

Assabet Valley Mastersingers, in an enthusiastic welcome to spring, will present Carl Orff’s popular Carmina Burana on Sunday, March 20, 2011.  This “dramatic cantata” was inspired by an unusual collection of 13th century poems   discovered in a Bavarian monastery—surprisingly ribald and joyous to have been found in such a setting.  Vigorous accompaniment will be provided by two pianos and percussion ensemble.   AVM Artistic Director Robert P. Eaton will conduct the full ensemble, including renowned vocal soloists soprano  Merrycarol Yumi Wada, tenor Arthur Rishi, and baritone Philip Lima with the Algonquin Regional High School Concert Choir and the Assabet Valley Mastersingers.


Also on the program will be heard Johannes Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder Walzer, opus 65, a group of lyrical, sometimes woeful, richly Romantic love songs.  For evident reasons, the 3:30 pm concert on March 20th has been dubbed “Wine, Women, and Song.”


The auditorium at St. Mark’s School, 25 Marlboro Road (Route 85) in Southborough is accessible to the physically challenged.  Assistive listening systems, courtesy of Crossroads Community Foundation, are available at all concerts for use by hearing impaired audience members. Large print programs will be offered to those desiring enhanced readability.  This concert has been graciously supported by a grant from Avidia Charitable Foundation.


Concert tickets may be purchased at Robinson Music Company, Westborough; Shattuck’s Pharmacy, Northborough; Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union, Shrewsbury; English Garden Florist, Southborough;  Arts Alliance in Hudson; and both Joy-Den Jewelers and Main Street Café in Marlborough.   Advance sale tickets are discounted $1 (one) from the general price of $20 (twenty) and $18 (eighteen) for students and senior citizens.


For further information call (978) 562-9838 or reference www.avmsingers.org.   Partial funding for the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, a non-profit organization, has also been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council through local Arts Councils.


Support the local communities!!!

This event highlights local restaurants in the Boroughs (primarily Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough, and Westborough) and pairs them with craft beer and fine wine vendors from several regions.  Adding to the culinary treats, a combination silent and live auction creates an event like no other.  In a world of long commutes, long work hours, and multiple responsibilities this event offers a bit of relief from the daily grind.  We invite you to join the festivities.

Sunday, March 27, 2011 6:00 – 9:30pm Doubletree Hotel Westborough, MA

The event is produced and hosted by the Boroughs JCC. Proceeds from the auction and advertising benefit the community programs at the BJCC.  For more information on the BJCC and it’s programs please visit http://www.boroughsjcc.org/ This year the event has grown larger then ever before, and we look forward to another exciting evening delighting the palate and socializing with the community.  We hope to see you there!!!


Join us tomorrow for a corned beef and cabbage lunch here at The Recovery Connection. Lunch will be served around 1:00pm.

Hope to see everyone there!

-The Recovery Connection Staff and Members


The Recovery Connection

31 Main Street, Marlborough, MA 01752

(508) 485-0298


2011 Alzheimer's Facts and
Figures Released

View the Video! Yesterday, the Alzheimer's Association released the 2011 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report. The report provides a statistical resource for all U.S. information related to Alzheimer's and other dementias. This year, it also includes a special report on early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer's.

The new 2011 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report information will support all of the Association's public policy and communication efforts over the next year. This week, we are distributing the report on Capitol Hill. Additionally, we know this data is most powerful when it is combined with the personal stories of advocates. To help with your advocacy efforts with legislators, local media, and others, we have created a fact sheet for your use. Key highlights include:

  • An estimated 5.4 million American's have Alzheimer's disease. Another American develops Alzheimer's disease every 69 seconds.
  • In 2010, 14.9 million family and friends provided 17 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
  • The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer's to American society will total $183 billion in 2011.
  • Deaths from Alzheimer's increased 66 percent between 2000 and 2008, and Alzheimer's is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression.

Please find the full report, fact sheet, and information specific to your state at www.alz.org/facts.

Federal Budget Update
As you have probably seen in the news, leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate have yet to agree upon a budget to fund the Federal Government for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year. As things stand right now, none of our key Alzheimer's priorities have been cut in the negotiations. However, the Public Policy office continues to closely monitor budget activity on behalf of the Alzheimer's community to ensure that critical research and care programs remain in place.

Tell Congress To Make Alzheimer's A National Priority

Congress has the opportunity to make important decisions that will give the needed resources and attention to Alzheimer's disease. With so many new members of Congress in Washington, D.C., it is incredibly important that they hear from constituents like you who care so deeply about this cause.

Join hundreds of Alzheimer's advocates from around the country and march on Congress to move our legislative agenda forward. The 2011 Advocacy Forum is a great chance to get the latest news about critical Alzheimer's legislation in Congress, learn new advocacy techniques and network with advocates from across the country as you meet with your elected officials.

The Advocacy Forum will be held from May 15th through 17th in Washington, DC and early bird registration is ends on April 1st.

Register today to come to the 2011 Advocacy Forum

Mailing Address:
Alzheimer's Association
225 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60601

Contact Name: Contact Us
Telephone Number: 1-866-699-1236

Southborough Arts Center looking for Entries

The Arts Center at Southborough announces a call for entries for the Annual Juried Show, which opens March 27, from 2-4 p.m. Three works may be submitted by each artist, all media welcome.  Works must be suitably framed and ready for hanging. The accepted works will be on exhibit through April 10. First prize: $200, second prize: $100, third prize: $75, Honorable Mention: $50, Gretchen Harris award: $50. Work may be dropped off at the Arts Center at Southborough, 21 Highland St., March 20, from 2 – 4 p.m., or March 21, from 6 - 8 p.m. Entry Fee for up to three pieces is $25 for members and $40 for non-members. Visit www.southborougharts.org for an entry form and further details

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com


Salamander  Program  Garden in the Woods
New England Wild Flower Society’s Education Department has announced its March 2011 classes, courses, and field trips, including Salamander Celebration from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Garden in the Woods, Framingham. For children with adult companion. Join the annual celebration of this shy and beautiful woodland creature. Come to learn about several special kinds of salamanders who live at Garden in the Woods. Some may even live in your own backyard. Enjoy a puppet show and a short slide program, and then walk to a vernal pool to seek out some salamanders and their eggs. Instructor Bonnie Drexler will help participating children make a salamander craft and a life cycle flip-book to take home. Fee: $9 members, $11 nonmember. Pre-registration is necessary by calling the registrar at 1-508-877-7630 ext. 3303. For more info, visit http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn

Mission Possible Silent Auction 2011


Where:  Pilgrim Church 15 Common Street Southborough MA 01772


When: March 20, 2011


Time:  5:30pm-7: 30pm


What:  This is a Silent (and Live) Auction and Dinner to benefit the Mission Trip fund for the Senior High Youth Group and the Men’s Club. This year the youth group has 38 teens and 9 adult chaperons going to the Chicago area to work in food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and with local churches in need of repairs to their food pantries.  The Men’s Club goes on an annual trip to work with Habitat for Humanity in Maine.


Food: Mama Pietro’s Homemade Italian

served family style (amazing meatballs, salad, pasta, and homemade sauce!), Rolls by Bertucci’s


50/50 Raffle


Featured Items:


Red Sox Premium Tickets (4 “awesome seats!”)


Patriots Pre-Season Tickets (6 tickets mid field, fairly far down)


Buzzards Bay Cape Home for a week


Avon Signature Barbie


Pizzeria Uno’s Pizza of your choice a month for a year


An Evening of Babysitting (up to 5 hours) by our expert teen babysitters (several sitters to chose from!)


Pre-Packaged Dinners by Mama Pietro for $10 each!


Call for Donations:

We are looking for donations of gift cards from local businesses


One Mission Launches Fundraising Effort


Second Annual Kids Cancer Buzz-Off to Fight Pediatric Cancer


Fundraising has officially begun for the Kids Cancer Buzz-Off, hosted by leading New England pediatric cancer non-profit, One Mission. Buzz-Off participants pledge to shave their heads to raise money and show support for children with cancer and culminates with an event on Sunday June 5, 2011 both nationwide and at One Mission’s official Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium, 10am-1pm. Money raised will go to the Children’s Hospital Boston's Pediatric Oncology unit to fund programs and services that directly benefit children battling cancer and their families.


Last year was the very first Buzz-Off and New England Patriots players Pierre Woods and Tryon McKenzie assisted in the buzzing. In total, 21 participants shaved their heads, 7 of whom were women, in a combined effort that raised $34,000, contributing to the over $500,000 One Mission has raised for pediatric cancer since it originated in 2009. One Mission aims to raise $50,000 at 2011’s Buzz-Off.

“This event stands out in our fundraising efforts for the sense of community it generates among the participants. We think it inspires more fun and pride than simply writing a check – although that’s great too! We had a great time at Gillette and are so exited to host this event again with an even greater turnout,” says One Mission President Ashley Haseotes.

For more information about One Mission and its Kids Cancer Buzz-Off on Sunday, June 5, 2010 call 508-272-6677, visit www.onemission.org or e-mail  info@onemission.org.





Many of the photographs posted on our Nature Sightings Page are taken by our motion-sensing wildlife cameras.  These cameras offer us a peek into the lives of animals within our watershed and give us valuable information about the health of the habitat that we are working to protect.

The equipment relies on passive infrared sensors that detect heat and motion and subsequently trigger a camera to take a photograph.  The gear is often placed on trails where we suspect animals travel, and generally left for a week or more to collect images of the wildlife that pass by.

Some of the animals that encounter the equipment are obviously very curious, and will often pose for a great photograph while inspecting the area:


others are simply passing through:


The photographs from this project help us learn about wildlife on Sudbury Valley Trustees reservations, local National Wildlife Refuges, and other critical habitat areas. 


Participants in the class will be setting up new motion triggered cameras in various locations throughout SVT’s service area of the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury river basin.


Southborough Fire Log

Monday 3/14/11




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Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com


Breaking News - ARHS Girls Basketball team has lost 45 to 49 to Amherst in tonight's game at the DCU center.



Turtles have existed for millions of years, but roadways are threatening the survival of local populations.  Turtles in Massachusetts often cross roadways late spring to early fall and are vulnerable to car collisions.  Ambitious citizen scientists, turtle enthusiasts, and conservation organizations are encouraged to join state wildlife and transportation personnel in collecting data for a Turtle Roadway Mortality Monitoring Program.  Linking Landscapes for Massachusetts Wildlife, a recent partnership between the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW), Department of Transportation (DOT) Highway Division and UMass-Amherst, trained volunteers to collect data in 2010 and is expanding its volunteer program by offering two citizen scientist information and training sessions in Amherst and Westborough. These sessions are designed to train new volunteers, acknowledge current volunteer efforts, and share results from the first year of data collection. The information gathered thorough this volunteer effort will be used to coordinate local turtle conservation efforts.


The first information and training session will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2011, from 10am – 12pm at the Notch Visitor’s Center located at 1500 West Street in Amherst.  The second session will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, from 7pm – 9pm at the Karl Weiss Educational Conference Building located on North Drive in Westborough.  This facility is on the same property as the DFW Field Headquarters. The sessions are free, but pre-registration is required.  Interested volunteers can register with DFW’s Dave Paulson at dave.paulson@state.ma.us or call him at (508) 389-6366.


Linking Landscapes for Massachusetts Wildlife is a long-term and multifaceted effort to minimize the impact of the existing road network on wildlife, while improving highway safety.  Linking Landscapes offers three Massachusetts citizen science research efforts that allows online reporting of site specific wildlife roadway mortality through a Google Maps interface. For more information on Linking Landscapes for Massachusetts Wildlife, go to: http://linkinglandscapes.info/roads/home.html.


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Still Room In The Next Session



Starting, Friday, March 14


8 weeks


Trottier Gym 



Doreen Ferguson, Director
Southborough Recreation

Southborough Library to hold 2nd Annual  ‘State of the Library’ Address


SOUTHBOROUGH - Mark your calendars now for the second annual “State of the Library” on Tuesday, March 15, 7:00 p.m., at the Southborough Library. Refreshments will be served.


Come hear Southborough Library Director Jane Cain, Library staff, and the Library Board of Trustees discuss the Library’s new programs for teens and adults, our expanded collection of downloadable books, our long-range plan, our museum pass program, and some other very exciting news. There will be a brief discussion of the Library’s proposed budget for FY12, as well.

The Library is located at 25 Main Street, at the corner of Routes 85 and 30. All Southborough residents are encouraged to attend to learn more about their library.


The Doctor Stone Award for Outstanding Public Health Service to the Southborough Community, 2011


The Southborough Board of Health is requesting letters of recommendation for individuals who have gone beyond the call of duty to make a significant contribution to the well being of our community.  The recipient may be a parent, coach, student, teacher, town employee or any resident who provides outstanding community service to improve the health of our community. 


Please send a letter at the Board of Health, 9 Cordaville 
Road, Southborough before noon on April 5th, 2011.


Acting Governor Murray has ordered the American and Commonwealth Flags lowered to half staff from sunrise to sunset on March 15, 2011 in honor of Corporal Frank Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I.


From Acting Governor Murray

Please be advised that, in accordance with President Obama's proclamation, Acting Governor Murray has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in honor of Corporal Frank Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I.


The White House Proclamation is available here:




This gubernatorial order applies to:


1.      The main or administration building of each public institution of the Commonwealth, e.g. town and city halls

2.      Other state-owned or state-controlled buildings

3.      All state military


Massachusetts Flowers Growers Association (MFGA) Announces Annual Scholarship


Each year MFGA sponsors a $4,000 college scholarship. The scholarship in open to Massachusetts residents planning to attend college and study in floriculture or related fields. The successful applicant will receive $1,000 for each year of study up to four years. Students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship before the application deadline of May 15th.


The scholarship application is available online at www.massflowergrowers.com or by contacting the MFGA office at 781-275-4811.


Rabies Clinic for Cats and Dogs
April 2nd
Behind the DPW Building, Cordaville Road
Click for more information.




Attention Dog Owners: Dog licenses expire March 31st. Please stop by the Town Clerk’s Office to License your dog for 2011.



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Renee's Garden Seeds


New this year we will be carrying

Renee's Garden Seeds, a unique variety of heirloom gourmet vegetables, kitchen herbs, and cottage garden flowers.

Offering only varieties that are very special for home gardeners.  This seed line is Renee's personal selection of new, exciting and unusual seed choices of time-tested heirlooms, the best international hybrids and fine open-pollinated varieties.   Seed packets offer beautiful watercolor portraits with personally written descriptions, complete growing instructions, a quick-view planting chart, growing tips, harvesting information, and cooking ideas.  Pick some up today!


Need help with starting your seeds, click here for quick and easy info:



 We also offer our favorite Harts Seeds, which are "tried and true"!

Gulbankian Farms Garden Center & Florist Shop
40 Mt. Vickery Rd. Southborough, MA 01772
Tel:  508-485-8979

Voter Registration Deadline March 22nd
The Town Clerk's Office will be open until 8PM, so residents can register to vote for the upcoming Town Meeting and Annual Town Election.


Annual Town Report




The Annual Town Report for 2010 and the Annual Town Meeting Warrant for April 11, 2011 will be available at the Southborough Library (25 Main Street), Southborough Town House (17 Common Street), Southborough Police Station (19 Main Street), and the Southborough Transfer Station (Cordaville Road, Route 85 south).

Please remember that the Town House closes at NOON on Fridays.

Town Meeting Archives

Town Meetings


Town Meeting Guide - July 2010

2009 Annual Report
Southborough, Massachusetts

Annual Town Warrant for Town Meeting on
April 12, 2010


2011 Election information

Town Meeting Roles & Responsibilities

Amendment Form


Town Meeting Archives


Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Racing to Save Lives


On Sunday May 29th, I'll be running on Team Nicholas in Boston's Run to Remember. The event is a 5 mile celebration and tribute dedicated to all the fallen heroes of our country. Nicholas Manz, an 8-year old boy I babysit, was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. The chances of curing leukemia are recognizably higher than most cancers, and with monitored treatment, most children can beat the disease without fear of its return. In support of Nicholas's recent diagnosis, our team has dedicated our fundraising efforts to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in his honor.


I'm training to participate as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I am completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!


Please make a donation to support my participation in Team Nicholas-Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission.


I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support!


- Emily

Emily Silva of Team Nicholas's Fundraising Page


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Southborough Library  website:  Click here

We are fortunate to have Hollywood producer and author Mary Pat Kelly join us at the library for a discussion of her historical novel Galway Bay.  Come and enlighten yourself on the Irish heritage.

No registration required.  Tell all your friends and neighbors.

Senior Center Activities

21 Monday 22 Tuesday 23 Wednesday 24 Thursday 25 Friday 26 Saturday
8:30 Health Clinic 7:45 am Walking Group 8:30 am Health clinic 9:30 Mah Jongg
open 9:00 AM


9:30 Cribbage
9:30 Tai Chi
9:0-0 Yoga  
12 blue plate special 11:00 Senior Singers 9:30 Pool 12:00 Pitch 10:00 AM Canasta
2:00 Fitness 10 AM Creative Writers 12:00 PM Bridge
12 Pitch
11:30 Lunch with Charles Gobron
  12:30 Bingo
  12 Ping Pong 2 pm fitness   1:00 Water Aerobics
1:00 water aerobics

Click here for the Senior Center Website

Support Our Senior Centers:

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

Southborough meeting

March 21 to March 25, 2010





Historical Commission - Agenda March 21 6:00 PM Historical Museum, 25 Common Street
Planning Board - Agenda March 21 7:00 PM McAuliffe Hearing Room Town House
Board of Commissioners of Trust Fund - Agenda March 22 5:00 PM First Floor Conference Room, Town House
Library Board of Trustees - Agenda March 22 5:30 PM Southborough Public Library
Trottier School Council - Agenda March 22 2:30 PM Room 190, Trottier Middle School
Conservation Commission - Agenda March 24 7:30 PM McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House


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Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

ARHS Sports
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Annemarie Fairhurst and Annemarie’s Dance Centre has been teaching dance to youngsters and the young at heart for thirty-two years. There is so much to learn at Annemarie’s Dance Center. The offerings at the studio include Combination classes, Get Funky, Creative Movement, Ballet classes, Little Ballerinas, Classical Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern and adult classes. Courses are offered from preschool and up.

Annemarie’s Dance Centre also offers a Performance Company The Movement Project plus an Art Program. Instructors come from a wide array of experience and instruction that include Early Childhood Education, graduates Emerson College, Rutgers, Smith College, Imperial Academy of Dance in CT, The School of Performing Arts, Rogert Williams University in Rhode Island and many more prestigious dance and performance colleges. Many of the instructors have also trained, prepared or performed with such prestigious productions such as the Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Hartford Ballet, Ipswich Moving Company School of Dance, FlipSide Dance Theater, Zen Monkey Dance Project, Prometheus Dance, Ted Hershey Dance and many more.

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It's a Win!!

March 13, 2011 - ARHS Girl's Basketball first Div 1 Championship. (last won a Div 2 in 1979. They play Tue night against Amherst at the DCU in Worcester (7PM).