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May 16 - May 19, 2007

Rain Rain go away


May 19, 2007 - Instead of rain it would be nice to have a great weekend like the Southborough Gardeners had last weekend.


May 19, 2007 Support our troops. Drop off items for packages to send overseas to our troops.  Drop off times are today from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and again tomorrow Sunday May 20 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.  WROR radio will be in attendance on Sunday.

Rain Delay

May 19, 2007 - Soaked fields lead to no play.

The Southborough Library, 25 Main Street, annual book sale on Saturday June 2 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  This is a major fundraiser for the Friends of the Library. Please support them.

Southborough Police Log - Most recent first

Thursday May 17, 2007

22:45 Southville Road, vicinity of Fitzgeralds General Store and Train Station. 16 year old female from Westborough in area. Hopkinton PD assisted. Call to Westborough PD for dog. Southborough Fire with infrared camera. SPD called CSX to halt train traffic. Westbound commuter train held in Framingham. Located female, transported by SFD to UMASS, Worcester. SFD called CSX to release train traffic, tracks clear of personnel.

22:35 Boston Road, Suspicious man walking up to house, ran away on BO

20:32 Assist Westborough Police near Southville and Flanders Road at the Town line. Missing 16 YOF, reporting party saw a similar person in the area

19:32 Turnpike Road business a Central Alarm

19:25 911 traffic complaint Turnpike Road, erratic operation, Blk hatchback

18:37 Community policing Richards and Moulton Roads

17:17 MVA Johnson and Northboro Roads, No PI

16:17 Mutual aid Southborough Fire Department, 1 engine to 1 car MVA Rte 495/rte20

15:15 Assisted Marlborough Police Department with motor vehicle stop

14:17 Fisher Road, report of white rats in area

11:35 Assisted Fire Department with medical Newton Street

8:53 Child carseat safety installs, 19 Main Street

7:56 Parking complaint Woodbury Road and Woodland Road

:41 Suspicious Activity, Turnpike Road, Suspicious vehicle in lot

May 17, 2007 -  The Southborough Historical Museum recently received money and authorization for repair work on the building. The repairs will be funded through a grant from the Community Preservation Act and the Southborough Community Preservation Committee.  Exhibit space is currently closed for structural repairs. On completion of these it will re-open with full use of the building since the Recreation Department has moved. Volunteers continue to work on the archives and anyone interested in helping in this area would be welcome.  Leave a message on the telephone and you will be contacted. 508-229-8055.  Or view our web site www.southboroughhistory.org

News from the Art Center:

May 17, 2007 - The Algonquin High School art exhibit continues at the Arts Center at Southborough through May 30th.  The Algonquin High School art faculty opening reception will be Friday June 8th from 7:30 to 9:00 P.M.  The gallery at 21 Highland Street is open weekdays from 3:00 - 6:00 P.M. and weekends from 1:00 - 4:00 P.M.We will have a two week summer arts camp beginning August 13th.  Keep checking our website www.southborougharts.org for details and registration form.  Check also for our fall classes, exhibits and programs for children and adults. For example, the second Saturday of the month, beginning in November, will be performances for young children and their parents.And, please contact the director with your own requests for classes, programs and even an exhibit.  Also, if you are an artist or someone associated with the arts and would like to curate your own show, please let us know.Ann Northrup, Director, Arts Center Southborough  (508)481-9351  southboroarts@earthlink.com 

Southborough Recreation Department sponsored Bay Circuit Hike scheduled for May 20 is postponed

May 17, 2007 - The Southborough Open Land Foundation recently held their annual meeting. Discussions centered on their achievements of the Chestnut Hill Property agricultural rights and work through the Community Preservation Committee. It was a good year of cooperation through several town groups including the Southborough Open Space Commission, Breakneck Hill Cow Fund and the Sudbury River Watershed Organization. Frederica Gillespie of the Sudbury River Watershed Organization did a PowerPoint display and talk about her group and the Sudbury River. Although the meeting had many highlights there was a somber moment. SOLF lost a respected member and sponsor of open space, wildlife corridors and habitat in Mr. Peter Kallendar. Mr. Kallendar passed away this March and SOLF honored him at a family memorial service last weekend. The Elaine Beals award is a beautifully carved swallow atop a plaque was given to the family. Books in his name have also been donated to the Southborough Library.

May 17, 2007 - Lisa Braccio will once again be collecting items to ship over to soldiers in the Middle East. This weekend will mark her third town-wide drive for soldier packages. Items needed are snacks that can be easily carried, toiletries, microwaveable foods, foot powder, baby wipes, cards and letters. Drop off supplies at the Southborough Senior Center, 9 Cordaville Road on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. On Sunday WROR will be there from 10:00 AM to Noon. For more information on Lisa’s project and to find more items that soldiers need check out www.anysoldier.com

 Join Greyhound Friends at their Spring Open House Saturday and Sunday May 19 & 20 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM at their facility located at 167 Saddle Hill Road, Hopkinton, MA  Call 508-435-5969 for more information

    Sign up at the Southborough town Library for the Children's summer reading program.  The reading program begins June 18.  There will be special events and activities between June 21 and August 15.  Check with the library for a schedule.

Welcome to the first edition of the southboroughnews.com

May 16, 2007 - Naturally Southborough. Welcome to the new community website for Southborough, Massachusetts. Hello, my name is Linda Hubley. I am the owner/Editor of www.southboroughnews.com. It was only natural to design a website that would entail all the elements that we love about our community. This is a place where you can get updated information on what is going on around town. www.southboroughnews.com is based on the popular www.hopnews.com It was by chance while locating a photographer for my son’s graduation photos that I met Mr. Robert Falcione of Hopnews. We would eventually run into each other again photographing various scenes around the Southborough/Hopkinton area. He asked if I would be interested in starting a website for Southborough similar to the Hopnews. I love writing, photography and computers so it was a natural project to undertake. I took a few months to consider this challenge and you now see the answer.

I envision the site as a way for all residents, community groups and town government to share their thoughts, events, meetings and neighborliness. I am still tweaking the website and am open for suggestions on what you might like to see on the pages. If you have an event or meeting you would love posted here, please do not hesitate to send it along and I will add it to the site. If you have photos of your event you may also send them to me with the photographer’s name and I will post it and credit it to the photographer. If you would like to advertise on the site, spaces are available, give me a call or email for rates. So for now explore the site. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have had fun building it. Please do not hesitate to contact me at editor@southboroughnews.com or phone 508-328-3966.

Representative Stephen LeDuc, 4th Middlesex District, Announces Office Hours For Citizens of Southborough On Thursday, May 17th, Rep. Stephen LeDuc will be holding office hours for the town of Southborough. Please join the Representative at the Southborough Senior Center, 9 Cordaville Road, from 11:00 AM to 12:30. Citizens are encouraged to share their concerns or questions regarding the community, or simply to introduce themselves to their Representative. Appointments are not necessary. Anyone who is unable to attend can always contact the Representative in Boston at 617-722-2230, or at his District office in Marlborough at 508-481-2141.


May 16, 2007 - Like the launch of this new website, the "Oreo" herd on Breakneck Hill Road has given birth to as many as five new calves this spring. The 12 cows and 5 calves belong to the Breakneck Hill Cow Fund and have been given a license to graze on the Davco Orchard Conservation Lands by the Southborough Conservation Commission.

According to Laurie Bourdon who heads up the BHCF, Farmer Ray Davis owned farmland from the west side of Breakneck Hill Road to the east side of Woodland Road. He raised peaches, apples and honey on his property. The 88 acres of the Davco Apple fields always needed lots of work keeping invasive plants and weeds at bay. Mr. Davis in earlier years tried herds of Black Herefords and Black Angus on the hillsides as a deterrent to the weeds. In 1991 with two partners from Maine he settled on the Belted Galloways. The Belties seemed to like eating the Bittersweet and other weeds that formed around the trees.

As years went by Mr. Davis had to sell portions of his land for financial reasons. In the 1980’s he sold the Davco orchards to the Town with the Conservation Commission caring for it. The herd of Belted Galloways remained working for the town under an agreement with the Town’s ConCom. However, Mr. Davis was finding it more difficult to maintain the herd through the winter and approached the town for financial help.

In stepped Laurie and Paul Bourdon who held citizen meetings that would eventually lead in 2001 to the formation of the Breakneck Hill Cow Fund. The initial goal was to purchase hay for the cows. After Mr. Davis’s death, his niece, Phyllis Patricelli gifted the herd in 2006 to the BHCF. The mission and goals for the group have changed to include maintaining a healthy herd, decrease the herd to keep it within financial reason and protect from overgrazing and to keep the rural character of Southborough.

The Breakneck Hill Cow Fund accepts donations through membership and the selling of T-shirts. One hundred per cent of the funds go to the upkeep of the cows. It pays one hundred per cent of the veterinarian bills, hay and insurance. The group depends on volunteers to help move the cows, unload hay, feed the cows, put up the fencing in the spring and take the fencing down in the fall. Besides the many faithful volunteers that BHCF have they also had help from local Scout troops, the Woodville Trailbusters 4H Club and YARD (Youth Advocates for Responsible Decisions).

They have been very lucky to have several local contractors assist them with major projects such as the parking lot and future projects such as a new access road and water. Last year the BHCF was the recipient of a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a restoration project at Davco Orchards Conservation Land that took the dead and diseased fruit trees down and restored the fields to native grassland. This year they have two grants from the Appalachian Mountain Club. The Southborough Conservation Commission has been in full support and very generous when it comes to the Belted Galloway herd and the Davco Orchard Conservation Land.

Funds are raised through direct donations, a Concert for the Cows that featured former resident Gloria Capone, Soprano, and Art Show featuring the cows of Southborough, mailers and Heritage Day exhibits. The Breakneck Hill Cow Fund also holds community events at the property such as hikes, races and cleanups. For more information on the herd of "Oreo" Belted Galloways and the Breakneck Hill Cow Fund check out www.southborobelties.org

13 hours old calf

May 16, 2007 - Fall of 2006 Volunteers unload hay.

May 16, 2007 Lunch-time run up the hill at Breakneck Hill Conservation Area.


May 16, 2007 - Southborough Firefighters extinguish a brushfire between Jacobs Lane and Blackthorn Drive Saturday May 5.

May 16, 2007 - It was a busy weekend for Southborough Firefighters as they were called to a residence on Powdermill Lane for an kitchen stove fire.  A nearby resident was alerted by the homeowner who had it under control before firefighters arrived. The stove and a microwave were severely damaged.  Firefighters had to set up fans to evacuate the smoke within the house.

Southborough Public Library Senior Center Book Group meets the 3rd Friday .  Next meeting is May 18th at the Sr. Center 11:00 AM the book to be discussed is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

May 16, 2007 - Race for the pool. The New England Center for Children recently held their first annual road race to benefit the school.  The race was a 5K (3.1 mile) walk or run through scenic Southborough, MA.  The proceeds of the walk/run benefited NECC's Capital Campaign to build a Therapeutic Aquatic Center.  NECC's ability to serve its own students at the highest level is dependent on its facilities.  The project consisting of the swimming pool, locker room area, and conference center, will complement NECC's strong academic and clinical programs with commensurate excellence in physical education while providing venues for research and training.

May 16, 2007 - The Southborough Gardeners proudly readied for their Annual Plant sale held last Saturday at the Southborough Community House. On May 26 in collaboration with an ARHS student community project a new garden will be placed around the Southborough Community House.