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March 27, 2011 - April 2, 2011

Spell Checked Right!

April 2, 2011 - The Spellcheckers took on the most teams the annual Southborough Education Foundation has fielded in its four years of this event and they won - both the SEF and the Spellcheckers.  A packed audience attended.

Assisting with the raffle and wrapping up some Trottier Community Service time.

Supporting their team

Second place costume

a huge crowd of supporters attended

The event fielded a record number of teams

Third place costume (although I hear they changed by the time photo was taken)

the well read sox

popular word right now

The Judges - L- R Neary Principal Linda Murdock, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Gobron and writer/resident Donna McDaniel.

Snowed Again

April 2, 2011 - Even statues look cold in the never ending white stuff.

Library to Kick Off Spring Poetry Festival with Award-winning Poet, Regie Gibson


SOUTHBOROUGH – Southborough Public Library will host a young, fresh voice in the Spoken Word genre of poetry when award-winning, jazz-inspired poet Regie Gibson visits the Library on Thursday night, April 7, for a poetry reading and performance in the library’ s main reading room, starting at 6:00 p.m.

              All are welcome and the event is free. ’Tweens and Teens are encouraged to attend this performance, in celebration of National Poetry Month.  Funding for this event has been provided by the Friends of the Library and the Poetry Festival is made possible through a grant from the Southborough Local Cultural Arts Council, part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

                 Regie Gibson’s performance has been planned as part of the Spring Poetry Festival at the Southborough Library to stimulate creativity, awaken minds, foster education, encourage artistic statement and engage our community in the revelry of language. 

                 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 poetry and to experience Regie Gibson, poet. No registration required. 

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Space Weather News

SPACE PLANE FLARES: The US Air Force X-37B space plane is circling Earth on a classified mission.  Although its orbit is officially unpublished, amateur sky watchers have spotted it and are monitoring its progress.  This week, a veteran observer witnessed a spectacular flare from the X-37B, exceeding the brightness of Venus. Details may be found on today's edition of http://spaceweather.com.

Bonus: You can turn your cell phone into a space plane tracker by downloading our field-tested Simple Flybys app: http://simpleflybys.com.

SATURN'S RINGS SURGE IN BRIGHTNESS:  This weekend, Saturn will be at opposition--that is, opposite the sun in the skies of Earth.  Whenever this happens, Saturn's rings surge in brightness due to backscattering of sunlight.  Even a small telescope will show the effect. Visit http://spaceweather.com for observing tips and a sky map. 

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Corridor 9 Awards Scholarships

Nineteen graduating high school seniors received scholarships at the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce's membership breakfast, held March 24 at the at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough.

Receiving a portion of the more than $11,000 in scholarship funds distributed at the breakfast were:

From Westborough High School – Ivette Garcia, Zachary Polich, Matthew Rouleau and Erin Silva.

From Algonquin Regional High School – Katherine Carrigan, Rachel Gosenhauser, Edward Love, Jasmin Martin, Kelsey Mullin, George Ocnos, Katharine Sullivan and Shannon Temlak.

From Shrewsbury High School – Kara Kuhtreiber, John McBride, Sara Pedersen and Jamie Vespa.

From Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School – Vanessa Joubert.



From the Mass. Academy of Math & Science – Andrea Chiang.

From St. Peter-Marian High School – Juliette Lawton.

The scholarships were awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement, community and school involvement, work experience, financial need, appearance of application, and an interview.

The Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce also presented three Champions of Education Awards to members for their exemplary leadership in supporting education with their time, talent and financial resources.

Receiving Champions of Education Awards were the Central One Federal Credit Union, which received the corporate award, Paul O'Connell, of the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, who received the outstanding volunteer service award, and the Siloam Masonic Angels, who received the humanitarian award.

Twenty-six years ago the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce made a commitment to support education in our region by forming the school-business partnership program. Numerous school programs and activities are the heart of the work performed by the partnership.

To date, the school-business partnership program has awarded 367 scholarships to students, totaling $256,550. In addition, 312 mini-grants have been provided to educators, totaling more than $89,000. The school-business partnership has provided hundreds of donations of materials, books, equipment, computers and furniture to Corridor Nine schools.


Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

April 2, 2011 - The race photos from last weeks race will be up shortly.

Woodward School

Receives Exemplary Reading Award  


April 1, 2011 - Reading Specialist, Katie Nordman, and student, Lola Mahoney. (contributed photo)


Albert S. Woodward Memorial School in Southborough, MA, has been awarded the 2010-2011 International Reading Association Exemplary Reading Program Award.


The Exemplary Reading Program Award recognizes outstanding reading and language arts programs within schools throughout North America. The Albert S. Woodward Memorial School has been on a five-year journey to improve reading instruction and student performance.  The journey began with a group of professionals who joined together to form the Woodward School Literacy Committee.  The members include:  James Randell, Principal; Grade 2 Teachers: Allison Garand, Jean Terry, and Lori Winer; Grade 3 Teachers: Alyssa Foy, Lisa Goulet, Jill Henebury, and Nicole Kelleher; Reading Specialists: Katie Nordman and Mary Ellen Shields; Special Education Teacher: Gwen Robison. 


“The hard work and dedication of our entire staff has led to the development of an exemplary reading program that we are very proud of,” states Jim Randell, Principal.  “Our students are the greatest recipients of this recognition.  We graciously accept this outstanding award on behalf of our entire school community.”


Yvonne Gunzberger, Chairperson of the Exemplary Reading Program Award, wrote:  "Your school is outstanding in so many ways - the collegiality and warmth between teachers is wonderful, the programs you have running were terrific, such as the on going assessments, the variety of methods to reach kids, and the differentiating happening in each room.”


Woodward reading specialist, Katie Nordman adds, “Based on literacy research, our reading program is constantly evolving to address all students’ needs.  This award is an acknowledgement of our collaboration and dedication to our students.  I’m proud to part of a school that loves to teach children to read.”


Deb Keefe, school committee member and parent said, “Woodward School is such a special school in every aspect.  It is so nice to see them receive this well deserved recognition.”


Only one school from Massachusetts was chosen for this prestigious award, which is based on abundant evidence from the following criteria:

· the reading program is consistent with sound theory, research, and practice;

· the program facilitates student learning; students have access to a wide

   variety of reading materials;

· students demonstrate success in reading;

· comprehension strategies are taught and applied across the curriculum;

· listening, speaking, viewing, and writing are integrated into and support the

   reading program;

· administrators and teachers provide leadership and vision for the building

   reading program;

· the school offers support services to the program;

· literacy activities occur outside of school; and

· the community, including parents, is involved in the reading program.


The Exemplary Reading Award will be presented on Friday, April 8, 2011, at the Massachusetts Reading Association Conference in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  Special recognition will also be made on Sunday, May 8, 2011, at the Council Awards Ceremony and Reception in Orlando, Florida, at the Annual International Reading Association Conference.             


Westborough Players Presents:


Anything Goes


Directed by John Leslie

Music Direction by Nate Newton

Choreographed by Matt Parello

Produced by Jackie Hughes and Roz Martin


April 1, 2, 8, 9 @ 8 p.m.

April 3, 10 @ 2 p.m.


Gibbons Middle School

20 Fisher Street, Westborough


General Admission: $18

Students/Seniors: $16


Reserve tickets at 508-796-0076 or by contacting our ticketing coordinator


Recreation Report April, 2011


Can you believe it...SNOW!!  I'm going to ignore the snow and move onto spring and summer.
Summer Camp Early Bird Discount will end April 30th 
Sign up now and take advantage of the discount.  We know this is early and plans can change so we will allow you to change your week(s) if needed.
Teen Events
We had a meeting with interested parents to talk about offering some fun teen events.  We have lots of good ideas and will be rolling them out starting sometime in September.  If you want to take part as a parent send me an email and I'll add you to our email list.
Track & Field information and sign ups will start next week.  The session begins April 25.
The next RAP session will begin on May 9.
Congratulation Destination Imagination Team!!

Our Destination Imagination team did a great job. Nick Carulli, Milosz Dwaraski, Advait Dhamdhere, 

Tanay Srivastava and Ben Weber.  The challenge they

chose was "Verses Foiled Again!".  They worked very hard

and placed 4th among 9 Regional teams.  We are now

looking forward to 2012. 


Check out the proposed South Union Playground Project


New Programs Start Soon!!

Gym and Swim Sessions beginning April 6th or 8th. This is a drop off program. 

Tiny Trotters Horse Program at Lil Folk Farm  Sessions beginning March 30 or 31st

PK & Youth Tennis at Shrewsbury Heath & Racquet Club Sessions begin late March/early April.  

PK T-Ball 6 weeks sessions begin early May.

PK Soccer Tots 6 weeks sessions begin early May

PK Intro to Lacrosse 6 weeks sessions begin early May


Youth Tennis, Golf and Basketball starting early Arpil 




Recreation Facilities


Facilities Etiquette.....
Southborough is fortunate to have nice facilities for our recreational activities.  They are well maintained by the Dept. of Public Works along with the efforts of our youth sports organizations.  To support these efforts, visitors to these facilities need to do their part.  That's where facilities etiquette comes into play.
  • Don't use fields if they are closed
  • Don't let children climb fencing
  • Stash your trash - whenever possible bring your trash home to throw away.  This will help with overflow of trash recepticles.
  • No dogs are allowed on the fields
  • Lock gates if applicable
  • Pick up water bottles/trash
  • Don't drag goals on the ground
When will the fields be open?.....
The fields are extremely saturated and will need consistant warm days to dry them out.  The fields also need to have a spring clean up prior to opening.  The Grounds Manager works very hard to get the clean up done as soon as he can.  If the weather cooperates the earliest they could be open would be mid to late April.  

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



Doreen Ferguson, Director

Southborough Recreation

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In This Issue
New Spring Programs
Recreation Facilities
Early Bird Discounts!
Adult Programs

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. 


You can change weeks after you sign up if needed.


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


Fun for Adults too!


Belly Dancing $65 

7 Weeks, Tuesdays starting

April 5, 7:30pm, Finn Cafe,

Adults only.


Citizen Preparedness $15

April 26, 6pm, Senior Center

Learn how to protect your family and prepare for emergencies.


BootCamp $300

April 25, MWF, 8 weeks


Couch the 5K $135

15 Week program, April 18,

Avalon Fitness Health, Hopkinton


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.


Visit here or more Adult programs 



Hazel (Taylor) Foote, 94, a 90 year resident of Southborough, died on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 after a period of declining health. She was the beloved wife of Aldrich C. Foote, who passed away in 1996. Mrs. Foote was a 1932 graduate of the former Peter's High School in Southborough. She was a secretary for Raytheon for many years and retired from the Sudbury office. Hazel also worked as a department manager for the former Jordan Marsh in Framingham. She was an active member of the Friends of the Library, Pilgrim Church and the Senior Center all of Southborough. She is survived by her children, Bradley Foote and his wife Barbara of Annapolis, MD; Cameron Foote and his wife Leona of Marshfield; Ronald Foote and his wife Sonja; and David Foote, all of Southborough; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is pre-deceased by a granddaughter. Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, April 2, from 2-4 p.m., at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St. Southborough, (Morrisfuneralparlor.com) A funeral service will be held on Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m., at the Pilgrim Church, Common St. Southborough. Burial will be private in the Rural Cemetery, Southborough. Memorial contributions may be sent in her memory to Friends of the Library, 25 Main St. Southborough, MA 01772

Philip J. Wood, 78, of Marlborough and formerly of Southborough and Framingham died on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at Metro West Medical Center in Framingham. He was the beloved husband of Jane (McNamara) Wood for the past 52 years. Mr. Wood was a 1950 graduate of Boston College High School and graduate of Suffolk University of Boston. He was also a U.S. Army Veteran during the Korean Conflict. Phil was a district manager at Verizon for 40 years. He was a devoted family man and took pleasure in spending time with family and friends. Mr. Wood was an avid New England sports fan and enjoyed playing golf. He was also a member of St. Anne Church of Southborough. In addition to his wife he is survived by his six children, Suzanne Wood of Brooklyn, N.Y.: Jennifer Wood of Falmouth; Philip J. Wood, Jr. and his wife Janet of Hershey, Pa.; Brian J. Wood and his wife Jodie of Newton; Stephanie Wood of Morrisville, N.C.; Jonathan Wood of Natick; his siblings, Connie Krebel of Canaan, N.Y.; George Wood of Sandwich; Matthew Wood of Braintree; Joseph Wood of S. Windsor, Conn.; James Wood of Hawaii: four grandchildren, Megan Dinnerstein, Jason and Eric Wood, Rachel Wood. He is predeceased by three siblings, Charles Wood, Regina Flemming, Helena Drass. Calling Hours will be held on Friday, April 1, from 4-8 p.m., at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Southborough. (Morrisfuneralparlro.com). A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, April 2, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Anne Church, 20 Boston Road, Southborough. Burial will follow in the Rural Cemetery, Southborough. Memorial contributions may be sent in his memory to the Metro West Homecare, 85 Lincoln St., Framingham, MA 01702.

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

ARHS Sports

Friday 4/1
Sat 4/2 - Sun 4/3
Monday 4/4
Tuesday 4/5
Wednesday 4/6
No April Fool's Joke

March 31, 2011

Winter weather advisory remains in effect from 8 pm this evening to 2 am edt Saturday,
A winter weather advisory remains in effect from 8 pm this evening to 2 am edt Saturday.
Locations, much of interior southern new england.
Hazard types, snow.
Accumulations, 3 to 5 inches of snow.
Timing, rain will change to snow early tonight, and will be heavy at times overnight into Friday morning. Light snow will persist into Friday afternoon.
Winds, north 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph across higher elevations.
Impacts, the Friday morning commute will be affected by snow and poor visibility. Plan on extra travel time.
Precautionary/preparedness actions,
A winter weather advisory is issued when snow is forecast to develop in the affected areas, but accumulations are expected to be light.

From Representative Levy's office:



(BOSTON) – State Representatives Steven Levy (R-Marlborough), Daniel Webster (R-Pembroke), Paul Adams (R-Andover), Richard Bastien (R-Gardner), Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton), Kevin Kuros (R-Uxbridge), Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) and James Lyons (R-Andover) are incensed by the latest attempt by legislators on Beacon Hill to stifle legislative deliberation and ram through yet another supplemental budget bill twenty-four hours after it was released from the House Ways & Means Committee.


The forty-five page bill was released to members at 1:15PM on March 29th and scheduled for debate just a little over a day later at 1:30PM on March 30th.  The representatives asserted that the Majority seeks to circumvent the legislative process and stifle debate by scheduling business in a timeframe designed to quash dissent and prevent any substantive discussion on the issues facing the Commonwealth today. “It is impossible for us to learn what is in a forty-five page bill in just one day,” Levy said.


These lawmakers were concerned that the supplemental budget bill is laden with pay raises for certain state employees and comes after two previous supplemental budgets were passed earlier this fiscal year totaling more than $750 million. The legislators are also concerned that the supplemental budget bill is stuffed with non-budgetary items that deserve separate consideration on the House floor.


While concluding some of the spending is probably necessary, the Legislature should consider a novel idea: stop using every available nickel to fund programs that should not be priorities in economic times such as these.


This supplemental budget bill has been submitted on the heels of the $28 billion budget for fiscal year 2011 and mere weeks before the debate on the budget for fiscal year 2012. The bill will add an additional $325 million in spending to the budget passed last year.


There is language within the supplemental budget bill that provides for some of today’s appropriations to be spent in the next fiscal year. Normally, money not spent by the end of a fiscal year reverts to the state’s general fund. This money could be used in fiscal 2012 to help close an anticipated $2B deficit.


Community Easter Egg Hunt 

Date:  Saturday, April 16, 2011 

Time:  11:00am - 1:00pm 

Location:  Chapel of the Cross 

Description:  Community Easter Egg Hunt and Free Family Fun Day


Saturday, April 16, 11:00am-1:00pm

Start inviting your family and friends to this year's Easter Egg Hunt!


-Over 8,000 eggs

-Crafts and games

-Moon walks

-Face painting

-FREE hot dogs

-One Ton Food Drive


NO COST! Suggested donation of one canned good per person to help support our local food bank.


For more information, contact Tanya Legro at (508) 870-0001 ext. 102 or tlegro@chapelofthecross.com . Visit www.chapelofthecross.com  for directions. 


Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

When: Saturday, April 9, 2011 10:00 am
Where: The(intersection of Route 30 and 85) lawn of the Community House
Fun!: Meet the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs and do an easter craft!
Cost: Admission is $5 per child/ $10 per family
  Children can hunt for eggs on the lawn of the community house. Enjoy Easter treats, crafts and family fun! Have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny!

This community event is an annual event for the young and old. This event is sponsored by Southborough Kindergroup, a cooperative playgroup, with the help of many local businesses.

Unlock the Power of Nutrition to Combat and Prevent Diabetes
With menu suggestions and advice from the Natick VNA

(Natick, MA – March 28, 2011) – Eating an apple a day to keep the diabetes doctor away is a good start to help manage and even prevent diabetes. While about 215,000 young people under 20 years of age have diabetes, incorporating the right foods into a daily diet can help bring these numbers down, not only for adolescents but people of all ages.

The Natick VNA, a leading home health care provider serving more than 20 towns in MetroWest Boston, is offering nutritional advice for those that have the disease, know they are at risk, or want to prevent it.

"Incorporating a diabetes diet into your life is a great way to control your blood sugar, and it helps make the condition more manageable for those who have it," said Robyn Smith, a registered nurse and diabetic specialist at the Natick VNA. "The diabetes conscious diet emphasizes quality over the quantity of food taken in, and the foods we encourage patients to make the foundation of their diet are natural and tasty too."

Diabetes is a disease that causes blood glucose, also called blood sugar, to reach excessively high levels. Glucose comes from the food we eat and is needed to fuel our bodies. According to the National Diabe tes Association, diabetes affects more than 25 million Americans, leading to a range of problems from heart disease to blindness, and another 79 million have prediabetes (early Type 2 diabetes).

Food is a tool that can very effective in helping to prevent the disease and manage it in people that already live with diabetes.  Smith offers these tips:

  • Avoid too many high fat foods, which will elevate triglyceride (blood fat) levels that cause blood sugar to fluctuate.

  • Keep a journal and record what you’re putting in your body. Calorie King is a great resource that calculates the carbs, fat and protein in almost any food.  Available in paperback form or as a smartphone app, Calorie King is updated every year, and is particularly helpful for those on insulin pumps or basal bolus insulin programs.

  • Emphasize foods that help control blood sugar levels, including healthy carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables, whole gra ins, legumes (beans, peas, lentils) and low-fat dairy products.

  • Be sure not to skip meals; this could throw your glucose levels out of balance.

  • Know your family history, which can affect your susceptibility to the disease. The right diet and exercise are important preventive measures, especially for those who may be more prone to diabetes due to genetic factors.

For more tips or additional information on nutrition for diabetes, please contact the Natick VNA at www.natickvna.org or # 508-653-3081.

About Natick VNA
For over 111 years, the Natick Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Natick, Massachusetts has been serving more than 20 communities in MetroWest Boston. As the area’s premier free-standing, not-for-profit home health care agency, Natick VNA helps patients of all ages reduce hospitalizations and live with maximum independence in their own homes. Utilizing the latest in home care technology, Natick VNA’s highly skilled professional and compassionate caregivers make over 60,000 home visits each year to more than 2,500 people, seeing 350 patients every day. The Natick VNA endeavors to provide care, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.  For more information, please visit: www.natickvna.org.


Family Fun 

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

The Woodville Rod and Gun Club is having its Annual Trout Derby on Lake Whitehall on Saturday, April 16. The entry fee is $20.00.  For more information including an entry form go to www.woodvillerodandgun.com or visit the club on Rte 135 in Hopkinton.



April 14 -- Natural Heritage Advisory Committee Meeting, Westborough -- The Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, April 14, 2011 at the DFW Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd (off North Drive) from 1:30 - 4:30pm. The building is handicapped accessible. Directions can be found at: www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/facilities/westboro.htm  or call the Field Headquarters at (508) 389-6300.

April 21 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough. The April meeting of the Fisheries & Wildlife Board will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 2PM at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd (off  North Drive) in Westborough. This location is handicapped accessible.



April 2, 3 & 9 - Beginners Fishing Class, Hopkinton (Woodville) -- For anyone who want to learn about fishing, this expanded fishing is designed for beginning anglers of all ages. Learn about fish identification, fishing equipment, safety, fishing regulations and try out some casting skills. DFW's Angler Education Program volunteers will be conducting this clinic with the Woodville Rod and Gun Club on 252 Wood Street (Rte. 135) from 8 -11 AM on April 2 & 3 and then the fishing trip will be held from 8 - Noon on April 9. All equipment will be provided. Pre-registration is required and there are a limited number of slots available. To register, contact Lee Wright at leewright@comcast.net, or call the Woodville Rod and Gun Club (Wednesday - Sunday only) at (508) 435-4148.


April 9 -- Growing Up WILD Workshop for Early Childhood Educators, Northfield -- Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children is an early childhood education activity guide that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Engage in this exciting, fun, six-hour interactive, hands-on Growing Up WILD workshop at the Northfield Mountain Environmental Center. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide and certificate of completion. Cost is $40. Pre-registration is required by April 1. Email Kim Noyes at kim.noyes@gdfsuezna.com or call 800-859-2960.


April 16 - Forest Stewardship for Outdoorswomen, Belchertown -- This workshop is designed for those women who work with a personal property, town lands, land trust lands -- or who just want to know more about how to look at a forest and set directions for management. At this workshop, professional foresters and wildlife experts will provide an introduction to reading a forested landscape and formulating your individual stewardship goals and then the group will head into the woods for some hands-on experience. Share your questions and experiences with other women who share an interest in understanding the forest. Registration materials now available! Registration/refund deadline is April 8, 2011. Registration is handled on a first come, first serve basis. Sorry, but we do not accept credit cards or register participants by phone or fax. 


April 17—Earth Week Festival with Kids Casting Program, Springfield -- Bring your kids, grandchildren, nieces or nephews to this enjoyable opportunity that teaches young people the basics of casting a fishing rod at the Springfield Science Museum, 21 Edwards Street. DFW Angler Education Program volunteers will help you try your casting skills as part of the celebration! The festival runs from 11am - 4pm. For more information, contact the Springfield Science Museum at (413) 263-6800 x325.


April 20--Hopkinton Reservoir Family Fishing Festival, Hopkinton -- This family-friendly event will be held at DCR's Hopkinton State Park, 268 Cedar Street, from 9:00 - 1:00pm. Angler Education Program volunteers will be on hand to help novices cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment. If you have fishing equipment, bring it along. A limited quantity of fishing equipment and bait will be available. Contact Jim Lagacy at at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.


April 30 -- 5th Annual Westborough Fishing Challenge, Westborough -- The Fishing Challenge is part of Westborough's Spring Festival Weekend to which anyone may participate, learn or compete! The Westborough Fishing Challenge is being held at the Minuteman Park from 9am - 1pm where Angler Education volunteers will be on hand to help you or your family members cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment. If you have fishing equipment, bring it along. A limited quantity of fishing equipment and bait will be available. For more information about this fun event, contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.


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March 29, 2011 -(Photo courtesy  of Sullivan's Studio)  A team of 3rd grade students at the Woodward School in Southborough won second place for the Elementary level (3rd through 5th grades) at the State finals last Saturday (March 26) at the regional level of Destination ImagiNation, a nationwide competition that encourages students to experience creativity, teamwork, and problem solving.  Teams of up to seven children are tested to think on their feet, work together, and devise solutions that satisfy the requirements of the challenges.  Every aspect of a team's solution is determined and constructed by the children on the team, without adult interference. 

The team won the challenge for the Elementary level at the regional competition held at Douglas High School on March 19 to qualify for the State finals.  The specific challenge the team competed in was called ";Unidentified Moving Objects", which required the team to design and build a device to move various objects to and from a 6-ft tower and to put on a sales presentation to advertise the solution they created. The team encountered some glitches in the regional compeition, but were unfazed and reacted very well to the problems. Their composure drew kudos from the appraisers, who said:
"All seven boys were composed, organized, and had planned their strategy to move objects and performed the commercial very well. When things did not go as planned, they did not get upset, but continued to have a healthy discussion to solve the problem while performing in real time."   The state competition went more smoothly for the team, and the appraisers remarked on the students' excellent teamwork.  The team was also judged on their ability to produce a solution to an unrehearsed instant challenge in a period of just five to eight minutes.

The students will now move on to the Global Finals, to be held from May 25-28 at the University of Tennesee in Knoxville.  The team will compete and celebrate with more than 1000 teams from more than 50 countries.  Their team is called "Object Abductors" and comprised of the following 3rd grade children:

Connor Flaherty
Justin Foun
Colin Kerrigan
Tejas Maraliga
Nicket Mauskar
Aditya Mynampaty
Connor Whitney

The team was led by Rupali Sharma and Anne Ripley, of Imagination Unbound in Framingham.  Imagination Unbound sent six teams to regional competitions, and five of those teams advanced to the state competition.  One of the other Imagination Unbound teams placed third in the state competition.

Senior Center News



 Perennials come back year after year!

Plant some new perennials this year!  We grow only the best suited for your local home and gardens. We select those varieties that will thrive, need minimal care, and provide you with maximum enjoyment.  There will also be a great selection of our own creeping phlox and many other "native" perennials.

 Available end of April, early May! 

Canadian Border Patrol Lilies

Canadian Border Patrol Day Lily

Takes sun to part shade and blooms early-to- mid summer, 28" tall.  

Hardy and beautiful!

Iris Butter and Sugar

Siberian Iris

Butter and Sugar

Takes sun or partial sun, blooms in early summer.  Grows to 28" tall.  Striking flowers cut or in the garden!




Bleeding Heart White

Bleeding Heart "Alba"

Takes part shade. Blooms late spring and early summer. 30" tall. Elegant and peaceful. A "must have" for your garden!

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


March 28, 2011


Subject:  Westboro CSX Transflo Site


I am writing this letter as a concerned citizen.  Behind the scenes, our high ranking state government officials appear to have negotiated a deal to place a hazardous materials transfer station right in the middle of “Great Cedar Swamp”.  This places our drinking water aquifers at extreme risk.


What are they thinking?  Great Cedar Swamp is an ACEC “Area of Critical Environmental Concern”.  It is the source of drinking water for the towns all around Westboro, including Southborough, Hopkinton and Framingham.


All everyone is talking about is the expensive “risk free” site that CSX will build.  Of course the State of Massachusetts gave them the money.  Must be nice.


Here’s what I’m thinking.  Maybe they can build a gazillion dollar spill free site right in the middle of our largest drinking water supply.  But, what about the hundreds of hazardous material rigs that will be entering and exiting the site or the railcars moving around the CSX switchyard right in the middle of Great Cedar Aquifer?  They all  transport products with chemical names like;  methylbenzene, monohydroxymethane and dimethylformaldehyde to name a few of CSX’s already mentioned “common products”.


Let’s not forget the Exxon Valdez and what it did to another pristine area called “Prince William Sound”.  Everyone back in the 1980’s was so concerned about a TransAlaska Pipeline rupture.  They forgot the fact that the risk to us all was multiplied tenfold every time a super tanker had to traverse Prince William Sound.  We don’t need CSX treating us like Exxon treated Alaska.


I ask all citizens to get involved now with this serious issue, before it’s too late.




Jack Lane, Westborough, MA (your neighbor)

News from the Recover Connection

The time for the Free-Confidential H.I.V Testing for this Thursday, March 31st is from 10:00AM until 12:00PM.
The Recovery Connection has a worker from AIDS Project Worcester come to our center once a month on the last Thursday of every month. The process takes about 5 minutes and is completely confidential and you get the results within 10 or 15 minutes. Everyone is welcome to take part. There is no cost as previously mentioned.

-The Recovery Connection members and staff


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



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.


Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Framingham REI Store Events and Sports Calendar  Great classes at low prices for learning about outdoor sports and activities

Click for Calendar

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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River's Edge Community Band
A 'suite' celebration of Mexican, Cajun, English and Ukrainian folk songs.      

River's Edge Community Band


Saturday, April 8  7:30 pm
 Hudson High School
69 Brigham Street
$12 adult, $10 senior/student
$1 off tickets purchased in advance



Spaghetti Supper
First Community Church
137 Southville Rd.

Come one; come all to the First Community Church of Southborough's Spaghetti Supper.  Sponsored by the Board of Trustees, it will be held on Saturday, April 9 at 6:00 PM.

Tickets are $10.00 for adults; $5.00 for children 5-12, and no charge for children under 5.  The tickets are on sale now and may be purchased from any of the Trustees or at the door.

This is our first fundraiser for the year 2011 and all the proceeds will be going to the General Fund.  Please come and bring your relatives, friends, and neighbors to enjoy a great dinner and time of fellowship.


2011 Police Officer Exam

The Human Resources Division (HRD) is accepting applications for the 2011 Police Officer exam to be held on April 30, 2011. The results of this exam will be used to establish a Police Officer eligibility list for:

·        the MBTA Transit Police and;

·        cities and towns that are covered by civil service law

Application, fees and deadlines:

·        All applicants must read the detailed exam announcement before submitting their application

·        $150 fee; application must be received by April 1, 2011

Please note, applications WILL NOT be accepted after April 1, 2011. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Division, Civil Service unit.

Space Weather News for March 28, 2011

SOLAR RADIO STORM: A profusion of emerging sunspots has kicked off a days-long radio storm on the sun.  VHF receivers on Earth are picking up loud bursts that sound like waves crashing on a beach.  This ongoing event continues a recent trend of increasing activity as Solar Cycle 24 heats up.  Check http://spaceweather.com for audio and images of the instigating sunspots.

OUT-OF-THE-BOX SOLAR TELESCOPE: Spaceweather.com is pleased to offer an affordable solar telescope that allows you to safely observe sunspots with minimal setup or previous experience. Unlike other solar telescopes, this one works at night, too! Visit the Space Weather Store for details:

Sudbury Valley Trustees- SVT Memorial Blood Drive

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Wednesday June 1, 2:00-7:00PM


With a 56-day requirement between blood donations, now is the time to think about your next blood donation.


In memory of former SVT Director Eric Menoyo, come to Wolbach Farm to give the gift of life.  Help SVT collect over 40 pints of blood.  If you are a regular blood donor, mark your calendar for the SVT Memorial Blood Drive on Wednesday, June 1.  American Red Cross criteria state that eligible donors may donate blood once every 56 days. If you recently gave blood, SVT’s upcoming Blood Drive could be your next donation.  All eligible donors are welcome, whether or not you have recently donated blood.

Signups are every fifteen minutes.  Register early to get your preferred time slot.  To register, call 1-800-RED-CROSS.  For more details or questions please contact Michael Sanders, msanders@svtweb.org. 


For additional information call SVT at 978-443-5588.


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”. 

This spring as you ponder your home landscaping plan, you might consider recent trends to use more native species in your yard.  Join Russ for a 90-minute slideshow entitled “Nibbling Natives in your Backyard and Beyond.”  Russ will feature 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. 

Native species are quite useful for attracting and sustaining beneficial insects, plus many native species are edible by people too!  Perhaps this additional incentive is all you need to add native species to your yard.  Juneberries (Amelanchier spp.), for example, are equally edible by songbirds and people. The taste of the ripe fruit is like a cross between cherries and almonds.   There are also several species of wonderful native nut trees.  Russ’ favorite are Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata) nuts, which taste like walnuts that have been lightly sprayed with maple syrup. Russ will explain how to process these and other native nuts and turn them into delicious baked goods.

Russ will also show the keys to the identification of each species.  You will also learn about the edible portions, seasons of availability and preparation methods, along with guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging.  

For nearly four decades Russ has been foraging and teaching courses about wild edibles.  Over the years, Russ and his wife Ellen have hosted "Harvest Parties" for their friends, for which they prepared several dozen dishes (appetizers, soups, salads, main courses, desserts, condiments, and hot and cold beverages), all utilizing wild ingredients.

Following the lecture, sample a foraged goodie or two made from edible native species.

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

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


Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

N/S Youth Football 



This year’s Park Serve Day will be April 16

BOSTON – The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) fifth annual Park Serve

Day will be on Saturday, April 16, in state parks and beaches across the Commonwealth. Since

2007, thousands of volunteers have participated in dozens of projects each spring, including

picking up litter along ocean beaches, clearing debris from hiking trails, painting benches, and

planting trees and flowers at picnic areas.

To sign up for Park Serve Day, and to see a list of all the projects (including any age

restrictions) and get directions to the park of your choice, visit www.mass.gov/dcr/parkserve

Last year, more than 4,000 volunteers worked in 69 parks across the state. By day’s end, those

volunteers had planted 81,823 flowers, shrubs, and trees and collected more than 52tons of


“For anyone who enjoys riding their bike, reading in a beach chair on the sand, or hiking in

one of Massachusetts’ state parks, Park Serve Day is a chance to give back,” said Energy and

Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. “We encourage park

enthusiasts of all ages to help the staff at DCR make these parks sparkle in time for spring.”

Park Serve Day is intended to supplement DCR’s own work to improve conditions at park

facilities for the coming season. The agency’s efforts include improving curb appeal of the

parks with mowing, cleaning, and weed control, and posting public maintenance schedules for

each park, beach, and parkway. The maintenance schedules include tasks such as mowing,

weeding, picking up litter, cleaning the beaches and restrooms, and inspecting playgrounds.

The overwhelming response to Park Serve Day illustrates how greatly Massachusetts residents

value their state parks and are willing to join in the shared stewardship of these important

natural, cultural, and recreational resources.

“We all have a role to play in preserving and enhancing our forests and parks,” said DCR

Commissioner Ed Lambert. “We welcome everyone to come out and play that role on April


Art Show

March 27, 2011 - The Southborough Art Center held their opening reception for the annual juried art show.  Times for viewing are

self-guided Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Young Racers

March 27, 2011 - Racers crowded the Finn cafeteria on a cold windy March morning yesterday in preparation for the annual Finn March Madness race.

The Algonquin Chapter of SADD is proud to present


“NOT MY KID: A Personal Story”


Straight talk!  Hear a real story from a family affected by teen substance abuse.  You will gain insight into how substance abuse impacts a family and the drug issues facing our teens today.


Thursday, April 7th


Algonquin Regional High School Auditorium

7:00 p.m.

Presenters include:


Nick Levine:  His personal story of going from a high school standout to college drug drop out,

how easily it can happen and what can be done to get back on track.

Mr. and Mrs. Levine:  What parents face when their kid takes the wrong turn and how to continue to

                                    stand by them through the difficult times.

Detectives Brian Griffin and Jeff Noel, Northborough Police Department:  Current trends in our communities, what parents should be looking for, and what resources are available.



(ARHS Students or their parents of other grades who are attending the prom will also receive $10 off if they attend this program)

***All Students who attend will be entered into a raffle for a multitude of prizes****


Get into the beach body you want by taking yoga and pilates from Every Body Balance right here in Southborough.  Relaxed but professional attention in a variety of classes and offered at various times and dates.  Group lessons, personal lessons offered.   Unwind with their candle light yoga class.  Give Kelly a call now to begin your program.

By Phone

By E-Mail

By Mail
Every Body Balance
155 Boston Road
Southborough, MA 01772


Framingham Union  Aid Association at Metrowest Medical Center

They  have an April Calendar raffle starting April 1 thru April 30 with either 1 or 2 prizes drawn daily. Tickets are $10 each and your name is in there for all drawings for the whole month. If you win, your name goes back in!  There are about 60 prizes and most of them are $50 or more. They include:
4 Red Sox tickets for April 13, several $50 or $100 cash prizes,
certificates at Tomasso's, Bella Costa, Il Forno, Nello's, Bullfinchs,
Kennedy's, Zaftig's Deli, British Beer, Ken's, Legal Seafood, ; home
window washing, picture framing,
500 personal/business cards, exercise heart rate monitor, tax
preparation for 2012, financial evaluation planning, art work,
massages, hair cuts, manicures, weekend in Kennebunkport, Maine, with
dinner and brunch at Crowne Plaza, 4 tickets to Peabody Essex Museum
and dinner at Hawthorne Hotel, Boston Symphony behind the scenes tour
for 10 people, case of wine, 10 yoga or pilates classes, and many more

Tickets can be purchased by mail.  Make check out to FUAA for each
$10 per raffle ticket and mail:

 Betsy Swartz

Framingham Union Aid Association, Inc.

115 Lincoln Street

Framingham, MA 01702

Call 508-481-1222 for more information

Alexander W. "Alex" Lansberg, 94, of Sarasota, formerly of South Chatham, Mass. and Southborough, Mass. died March 24, 2011.
Memorial service will be at a later date in Cape Cod, Mass. Toale Brothers Funeral Homes, Gulf Gate Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; daughter Sandra Porter of Chatham, Mass.; son Richard of Spokane, Mo.; stepdaughter Elizabeth Bohannon of San Rafael, Calif.; stepsons David Kassay of Franklin, Mass., and Stephen Kassay of Madison, Conn.; ten grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild.

Southborough meeting

March 28 to April 1, 2010





Advisory Board - Agenda March 28 7:30 PM McAuliffe Hearing Room Town House
Municipal Technology Committee - Agenda March 28 2:00 PM First Floor Administrator Office Town House
Northborough/Southborough Academic Excellence Subcommittee - Agenda March 28 6:00 PM Faculty Library D110g, Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Barlett Street, Northborough
Board of Selectmen - Agenda March 29 7:15 PM McAuliffe Hearing Room Town House
Library Board of Trustees - Agenda March 29 5:30 PM Southborough Public Library
Zoning Board of Appeals - Agenda March 30 7:00 PM McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House
Workplace Safety Committee - Agenda March 31 9:00 AM McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House

Sunday  27


Tuesday 29

Wednesday 30

Thursday 31

Friday 1

Saturday 2

Music With David Garden
Apr 02 11:00 AM  

Southborough Library  website:  Click here


Children’s Book Author to Visit Library, Tuesday, March 29 at 3:45 p.m.
by jenn on March 24, 2011

Children’s book author Kevin Markey will be at the Southborough Library on Tuesday, March 29 at 3:45 pm to read and sign copies of his new book, Wing Ding. Mr. Markey is also the author of two other books for elementary school age children, Slumpbusters and Wall Ball. All three titles are about a boys’ baseball team and combine humor with the sports stories.

Anyone who purchased a copy of any of these books at the Neary School Book Fair may bring them to be signed by Mr. Markey. Everyone is welcome to attend, and no registration is necessary. Please call the library at 508-485-5031 for more information.


Senior Center Activities

28 Monday 29 Tuesday 30 Wednesday 31 Thursday 1 Friday 2 Saturday
8:30 Health Clinic 7:45 am Walking Group 8:30 am Health clinic 9:30 Mah Jongg
open 9:00 AM


9:00 Dr. Cooper
9:30 Tai Chi
9:00 Yoga  
9:30 Cribbage 11:00 Senior Singers 9:30 Pool 12:00 Pitch 10:00 AM Canasta
12:00 Blue Plate Special 10 AM Creative Writers 12:00 PM Bridge 11:50 Woodward School CARE Assembly
2:00 Fitness
12 Pitch
11:30 Be the Picture of Health
  12 Ping Pong     1:00 Water Aerobics
  7:00 PM Spelling Bee Trottier

Click here for the Senior Center Website

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

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

ARHS Sports
Sunday 3/27
Monday 3/28
Tuesday 3/29
Wednesday 3/30
Thursday 3/31


Sunday 3/27
Monday 3/28
Tuesday 3/29
Wednesday 3/30
Thursday 3/31