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June 19, 2011 - June 25, 2011

Asian Longhorned Beetle

June 25, 2011 - A frozen Asian Longhorned beetle.  Right now the ALB staff in Worcester are receiving numerous calls for the ALB, many have turned out to be our native Longhorned beetle the white spotted pine sawyer which as it's name says has a white spot on the back neck area. The Asian Longhorned Beetle will be emerging anytime soon when the weather warms up.  They destroy the tree by mating then chewing the bark to lay one egg in each egg site (one female can lay between 30 and 100 eggs), the egg then hatches into larvae which go through several stages eventually tunneling right into the heartwood of a tree.  They then make a large chamber to pupate and exit out the tree in a perfect 3.8" hole making the tree look as though it had been drilled.

Worcester has lost nearly 30,000 trees since August of 2008 when the destructive invasive beetle from China appeared around the Greendale/Burncoat area of the city.  The original quarantine included the City of Worcester but because of several other finds it has broadened to include all of Worcester, Boylston, West Boylston and parts of Shrewsbury, Holden and Auburn.  If you spot a suspicious beetle there are several ways to report it.  One can call the hotline toll free at 866-702-9938, or go to the following websites: http://www.beetlebusters.info or http://massnrc.org  Most New England States are discouraging people from moving firewood from one area to another and are urging people to buy firewood locally.  Most state campgrounds, the National Forests and the State of Maine have banned the movement of firewood across state lines altogether.  http://www.dontmovefirewood.org

 

Last week the beetle was located in Bethel, Ohio on a winery.  Early reports put the ALB as coming in to that state on pallets while in the larvae stage.  Since the 1990's pallets are supposed to be treated at ports to quell any invasive species making it into the country.

 

 

   

June 25, 2011 - More Civil War names from the monument.

PRIVATE        ORRIN EDWARDS

 

·       Private Orrin Edwards was born in New York State on May 24th, 1820.    

 

·       He enlisted in August 1862 and mustered into the Massachusetts Volunteers, Infantry.   

 

·       In 1862, he fought in the battles of Fredericksburg,  and in 1863 at Chancellorsville.

·       Private Orrin was killed in the battle of Gettysburg, PA, on July 2nd, 1863 at age 43.

·       He is one of three veterans from Southborough, MA, killed in action at Gettysburg.

 

·       Private Orrin Edwards’s remains were buried in Southborough  on October 9th 1863.

         

 

          

PRIVATE HORATIO L. FAY

 

·       Private Horatio Fay was born in Southborough, MA on July 4th, 1841.    

 

·       He enlisted in December 1861 and mustered into the Massachusetts Volunteers, Infantry.   

 

·       He fought in five conflicts between May 1862 and July 1862, and in the battle at Fredericksburg, VA on May 3rd and 4th 1863. 

 

·       Private Fay fought in the battle at Gettysburg,  PA on  July 2nd  and on July 3rd 1863  and was killed on the battlefield.

 

·       Private Horatio Fay died at the age 21, one day before his 22nd birthday.

 

·       He one of three veterans from Southborough killed in action at Gettysburg.

 

·       Private Horatio L. Fay’s remains were buried in Southborough   in  December 1863.

 

 

 

      

Your vehicle all covered in pollen? No better time for a car wash!  Visit Choice Car Wash at:

155A Boston Road, Route 30

Southborough, MA

508-481-7395

Hours

M - F 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Saturday  7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Sunday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

 

Get your vehicle ready for those summer road trips by making an appointment at Southborough Auto Tech located at:

145 Boston Road

Southborough, MA 01772

508-485-9082

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Southborough Auto Tech is now a Massachusetts State Inspection Station

 

Hours

M - F 6:30 AM - 7:30 PM

Inspection hours 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday (no repairs)

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday (No Repairs)

9:00 AM - 4 PM

Mike Koch (from Floral Creations By Mike Koch) just completed the floral arrangement for Sparkles' memorial service. According to Mike, the floral design took 33 hours and 1500 silk rose petals. Mike pulled an all-nighter last night to finish this in time for our trip to Sparkles' memorial service on Wednesday. Thank you Mike, from the bottom of our hearts, for donating your time and talents for Sparkles and her memorial service.

For more information on Sparkles and her memorial service, please visit http://www.sparklesthefiresafetydog.com/sparklesmemorialpathway.html. To watch the live stream of Sparkles' memorial service, visit http://www.sparklesthefiresafetydog.com/sparklesmemorialservice.html.

To learn more about Mike and his work, visit https://www.facebook.com/sirenthefiresafetydog?ref=ts#!/pages/Floral-Creations-By-Mike-Koch/122902027744466
 

, Sparkles' memorial service will be held at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Walk of Honor at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The memorial service has taken over 7 months of planning and live streaming will begin at 11:00 A.M. ET June 29th at http://www.sparklesthefiresafetydog.com/sparklesmemorialservice.html

To read about Sparkles' Pathway on the Walk of Honor, visit http://www.sparklesthefiresafetydog.com/sparklesmemorialpathway.html

Space Weather News for June 24, 2011
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ASTEROID FLYBY: Newly-discovered asteroid 2011 MD will pass only 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) above Earth's surface on Monday, June 27th. NASA analysts say there is no chance the space rock will strike Earth. Nevertheless, the encounter is so close that Earth's gravity will sharply perturb the asteroid's trajectory.  Details at http://spaceweather.com .

GEOMAGNETIC OUTLOOK: A fast-moving stream of solar wind is buffeting Earth's magnetic field. The combined effect of this stream plus a CME expected to arrive on June 24th has prompted NOAA forecasters to declare a ~30% chance of high-latitude geomagnetic storms during the next 24 hours. Storm alerts are available from Spaceweather.com in two forms: voice (http://spaceweatherphone.com) or text (http://spaceweathertext.com).

You are subscribed to the Space Weather mailing list, a free service of Spaceweather.com.

New subscribers may sign up for free space weather alerts at  http://spaceweather.com/services/ .

 

Land in Upton Protected by Sudbury Valley Trustees and Town of Upton

Sweetwilliam Farm in Upton has been permanently preserved as open space and agricultural land by the Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) and the Town of Upton.

 

On June 21, the Town and SVT purchased 63 acres of the farm outright, to be known as the Whitney Conservation Area. The land will be owned and managed by the Town, and SVT will hold a permanent conservation restriction (CR) on the property.  An additional 34 acres was protected through the purchase of a second CR, to be held jointly by the Town and SVT.  This portion of the property will continue to be owned privately and to be run as a Community Supported Agriculture farm (CSA).

 

“This acquisition is significant for its agricultural, historical, and ecological qualities,” commented Christa Collins, SVT’s Director of Land Protection, “and for it’s location within an expansive corridor of already protected lands.”

 

Upton residents voted in January to approve the $1,187,500 project at a Special Town Meeting, using Community Preservation Funds, a $500,000 state LAND grant, and $74,000 in private donations.

 

Mike Penko, Chair of Upton’s Open Space Committee said “It’s a great day for Upton. The protection of this property is a remarkable gift to future generations and we thank all those who helped to preserve it.”   

 

SVT will continue to raise funds to cover transaction costs and to establish a permanent stewardship endowment for the property that will enable the organization to carry out its obligation to monitor the conservation restriction annually. 

 

Sweetwilliam Farm, located on scenic North Street, is a working farm preserving what little remains of Upton’s agricultural history.  Once owned by the grandfather of the inventor Eli Whitney, and farmed by the Whitney Family for 140 years it still retains the characteristics of a farm from the mid 1700’s, including a beautiful pastoral view and an impressive array of well-preserved stone walls.

The importance of the land lies not only in its history and the spectacular view from North Street, but in its value as a trail corridor connecting Upton State Forest to the east and the Warren Brook Conservation Area to the west.  These areas in turn connect to open space parcels in Grafton and Hopkinton.  Sweetwilliam Farm is now part of a complex of over 2,000 acres of protected land containing an extensive trail network used by horseback riders, hikers, cyclists, skiers, birders and others who enjoy the outdoors.

The public will have year-round access to the trails and access to hayfields during winter. Trails will connect the property to Upton State Forest and the Howarth and Warren Brook Conservation Areas, a nearly one mile long east-west trail corridor. Trails east of North Street and a parking area off North Street are expected to open to the public by September. The entire trail system will be completed in 2012.

The beautiful property of Sweetwilliam Farm has been a cherished vista of the Upton landscape for hundreds of years. Sudbury Valley Trustees, the town of Upton, and the many organizations and individuals who have worked for the success of this project are thrilled that future generations can continue to enjoy this spectacular land. 

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

New Bike Transportation System to Come to Boston

New Balance Hubway - an exciting bike sharing program similar to programs in Paris, Boulder CO, Washington DC and other US cities will launch in Boston in July 2011 with 610 bikes and 61 stations.

Benefits will include a decrease in the number of car trips and related pollution, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Discussions are underway about possible expansion of the program to include Cambridge and Somerville and other communities.

ELM heartily supports efforts to give residents alternatives to driving that also have environmental and health benefits. We are active members of the MA Smart Growth Alliance, the Global Warming Solutions Project and a relatively new coalition, Transportation for Massachusetts.

Find out more at thehubway.com.

SUMMER NIGHTS COMMITTEE PLANS FOR 8TH YEAR

New this Year – Luxurious Raffle Prizes and Much More

Band Sponsors Still Needed

Southborough, MA  – The Southborough Summer Nights group has partnered again this year with Southborough Recreation to bring residents together for a spectacular evening of entertainment and family fun at the annual Summer Nights event. This year will mark the 8th anniversary of the locally funded event which will be held on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at the Neary School.  Every year the event gets bigger and better and this year is no exception. For 2011,  Summer Nights will offer new venues, more food vendors and brand new this year –extravagant raffle prizes ranging from Boston weekend getaways at luxurious Boston hotels, sports packages and smaller gift certificates and discount items. Residents will be able to purchase raffle tickets for the various prizes at the event and the drawings will take place before the fireworks begin. A complete list of the raffle prizes will be announced at the beginning of August. If you are interested in providing a raffle prize, please contact Linda David at lindadavid66@verizon.net

 

In addition, we’ve added more attractions and food choices.” Every year we’re able to do things a little better based on what we learned the year before”, said Doreen Ferguson, Director of Southborough Recreation. “Lines were still long for food last year so this year we’ll have even more food choices and food vendors”. So far, Dominos, Quizno’s, Dean’s and Mr. Jack’s have already committed to this year.

 

Southborough Summer Nights could not be possible without the support and commitment of our sponsors. This event is entirely funded by their donations and each year they willingly support this event. “Our local businesses have been incredibly generous”, said Robin Martin, Co-Chairman of the Summer Nights group. “Again this year, they gladly support this event and make it possible”. The largest ticket item – the spectacular fireworks display – is being co-sponsored by Bill Depietri of Capitol Group Properties and the non-profit organization, Friends of Southborough Recreation. Capitol Group has

been Summer Nights largest annual sponsor since its inception 8 years ago. The Friends of Southborough Recreation,

 

There are several other local businesses that step up annually to help fund the amusements and entertainment that are offered free of charge. The obstacle course, rock wall, dunk tank, moon walk, pony rides, face painting and popular bubble romp would not be possible without the generous support of Wellen Construction, Long Cadillac Hummer Saab, Brendon Properties, Choice Car Wash, Tomasso’s, Southborough House of Pizza, Fay School, Yama Zakura, Middlesex Savings Bank and St. Mary’s Credit Union.

 

We recognize the support and generosity of our sponsors and have made additional efforts to further their recognition from this event. This year, Summer Nights has its own Facebook page – Southborough Summer Nights. We invite all local businesses and residents to join the page and receive up-to-date information on the event. All interested sponsors, advertisers; booth and food vendors can download applications from the site as well. In addition, this year a 3’ x 20’ banner will hang on Main Street features all the sponsors. Additional advertisement opportunities have also been added this year

including the banner and signage along the entrance to Neary School.

 

Support from the community is not limited to monetary donations. An event this large requires a commitment from the town as a whole. The group relies heavily on the assistance of the Police, Fire, Emergency Management and Public Works Departments. The Fire Department provides the truck and sets up the popular bubble romp for the children and must be on hand for the fireworks display. The Police assist with parking, safety and crowd management. The Public Works Department helps with many aspects of setting up the event to cleaning up after the event. “We greatly appreciate the help and

support the Town departments provide to us each year” said Ferguson. We continue to look for additional supporters. This year we are still looking for a local business or a couple of local businesses to sponsor the band. “We’re hoping within the

next couple of weeks, interested businesses will step up and make this important donation.” said Martin. Live music at Summer Nights is provided by The Infractions, a Massachusetts band from Duxbury, who have become a staple for Summer Nights. The group is hoping to find a sponsor very soon.

 

This year the following resident volunteers have joined the Summer Nights group – Linda David, Susie Cabral and Kara Miles. “I would like to thank the volunteers for their help this year and a special thank you to Linda David for securing the luxurious Boston getaway raffle prizes” said Martin. “We’re very excited about what this year has to

offer”.

 

Fallon Clinic To Become Sixth Member of Atrius Health

Combined strengths will improve care quality and patient experience

 

In a move designed to improve efficiency and patient care, Atrius Health and Fallon Clinic announced today that Fallon Clinic is moving forward to become the sixth member of Atrius Health. Once an Atrius Health affiliate, Fallon Clinic will continue to function as a locally operated, multi-specialty medical group serving Central Massachusetts. Atrius Health is currently an alliance of five non-profit, community-based medical groups serving nearly 700,000 patients throughout Eastern Massachusetts.

This affiliation will allow Atrius Health and Fallon Clinic to share important infrastructure, best practices, and financial accountability, and to potentially increase services in their communities over time. Patients of Fallon Clinic and the other Atrius Health groups will continue to receive the same high quality care from their own physicians, at the same locations. As the affiliation evolves, patients will experience improvements that are the result of our combined efforts and resources.

 

"We are extremely excited about Fallon Clinic joining Atrius Health," said Gene Lindsey, MD, President and CEO of Atrius Health. "With the addition of Fallon Clinic, we will be poised to demonstrate how physicians can lead the way to provide truly patient-centered care, more effectively manage the health care dollar, and offer enhanced care in the communities we serve."

At a time when the state is beginning to shift toward a system of global payments under the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model, Atrius Health is well positioned to be a successful physician-led ACO. "We will work well together because of our similar histories in managed care and our shared commitment to quality and patient-centered care," Lindsey added.

"Fallon Clinic and the Atrius Health groups share a similar history, culture and an unparalleled commitment to providing our patients with the highest quality of care possible. Affiliating with Atrius Health will allow us to serve the needs of our patients in Central Massachusetts, while benefiting from the strength and resources of a larger group," said Jack Dutzar, MD, president and CEO of Fallon Clinic.

Atrius Health and Fallon Clinic are both 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations that have extensive experience managing healthcare with global payment arrangements and utilizing a state-of-the-art electronic medical record.

Both organizations consistently achieve among the highest quality scores in the state, as measured by Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP). Additionally, both organizations have implemented Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH), which are recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Headquartered in Worcester, Fallon Clinic is an independent group of physicians with 250 doctors and 1,700 employees. The Clinic has more than 20 free standing clinical sites, including 13 primary care locations and more than 20 specialty practices throughout Central Massachusetts. The Clinic also operates several ancillary services including a free-standing endoscopy center, a surgical eye center, an MRI facility and a durable medical equipment company.

 

With the addition of Fallon Clinic, Atrius Health will be an alliance of six community-based medical groups including Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, South Shore Medical Center, and Southboro Medical Group, comprising more than 1,000 physicians with a total of 7,200 employees serving almost one million adult and pediatric patients throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts.

Adelaide Elliott, 95, formerly of Southborough, MA passed away peacefully Wednesday June 15, 2011 at Goldenview Healthcare Center. She was the beloved mother of Rowena Robertson and David Elliott. She was a loving grandmother of 7, great-grandmother of 14, and "Nana" to everyone. She will be dearly missed. A graveside service was held Sunday June 19 in Kezar Falls, ME. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: Goldenview Activity Fund 19 NH Rt.104 Meredith, NH 03253.

31 Priests Receive New Assignment for July

Two pastors to retire and six priests receive first parochial assignments

June 23, 2011, WORCESTER, MA –Most Reverend Robert J. McManus,  Bishop of Worcester, announced the following clergy assignments today to be effective July 1, 2011.

            MSGR. ROBERT K. JOHNSON, from Temporary Administrator, Cathedral of St. Paul Parish, Worcester to Rector, while remaining Director of the Office for Divine Worship and Diocesan Master of Ceremonies.

            MSGR. LOUIS R. PIERMARINI, from Pastor, St. Roch Parish, Oxford to retirement.

            MSGR. THOMAS J. SULLIVAN, current Chancellor, Diocesan Director of Fiscal Affairs, and Diocesan Director of Stewardship and Development, with residence at Cathedral of St. Paul, to Pastor, Christ the King Parish, Worcester while remaining Chancellor.

            REV. CHARLES E. BOROWSKI, from Pastor, St. Hedwig Parish, Southbridge to retirement.

            REV. KENNETH R. CARDINALE, from Pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, West Boylston to Pastor, St. Mary Parish, North Grafton and Administrator, St. Philip Parish, Grafton.

            REV. RAYMOND M. GOODWIN, from Pastor, St. Mary Parish, North Grafton and Administrator St. Philip Parish, Grafton, to Pastor St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Milford.

            REV. PATRICK J. HAWTHORNE, from Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Auburn to Pastor, St. Anne Parish, Manchaug.

            REV. PETER J. JOYCE, from Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Southbridge to Pastor, Blessed John Paul II Parish, Southbridge.

            REV. STANLEY F. KRUTCIK, from Pastor, St. Anne Parish, Manchaug to Pastor St. Christopher Parish, Worcester.

            REV. LEO-PAUL LeBLANC, from Pastor, Notre Dame of the Sacred Heart Parish, Southbridge to Pastor, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Winchendon.

            REV. THIRBURSE F. MILLOTT, from Pastor, Christ the King Parish, Worcester to Pastor Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, West Boylston.

            REV. DANIEL R. MULCAHY, from Pastor, St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Milford to Administrator, St. Augustine Parish, Millville.

            REV. EDWARD D. NICCOLLS, from Pastor, St. Christopher Parish, Worcester to Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Auburn.

            REV. DENNIS TIMOTHY O’MARA, from Associate Pastor, St. Luke Parish, Westboro, to Pastor, St. Paul Parish, Blackstone.

            REV. CONRAD S. PECEVICH, from Pastor, St. Paul Parish, Blackstone to Pastor, St. Anne Parish, Southboro.

            REV. ADAM REID, from Associate Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Shrewsbury to Pastor, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Webster.

            REV. FRANCIS A. ROBERGE, from Pastor, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Baldwinville and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Winchendon to Pastor, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Baldwinville.

            REV. MICHAEL J. ROY, from Pastor, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Webster to Pastor, St. Roch Parish, Oxford.

            REV. MANUEL A. CLAVIJO, from Associate Pastor, St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Milford to Chaplain, Anna Maria College, Paxton and Hispanic Ministry at St. Peter Parish, Worcester, with residence at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Worcester.

            REV. NICHOLAS DESIMONE, from graduate studies, Rome to Associate Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Charlton.

            REV. JUAN ECHEVARRIA, to Associate Pastor, St. Patrick Parish, Whitinsville.

            REV. EDWIN A GÓMEZ, from Associate Pastor, St. Peter Parish, Worcester and St. Louis Parish, Webster to Associate Pastor, St. Luke Parish, Westboro.
 

            REV. PAUL W. LEMIRE, from resident Senior Priest, St. Joseph Parish, Auburn to resident Senior Priest, St. Anne Parish, Shrewsbury.

            REV. JOHN M. LIZEWSKI, from Chaplain, Anna Maria College, Paxton to Associate Pastor, Christ the King Parish, Worcester.

            REV. ANTHONY MPAGI, from Associate Pastor, St. Peter Parish, Worcester and Chaplain to the Diocesan African Ministry, to full time Chaplain to the Diocesan African Ministry with residence at St. Joseph Parish, Leicester.

            REV. EDWIN MONTAÑA, to Associate Pastor, St. Anthony Parish, Fitchburg, with the responsibility of celebrating the Spanish Mass at Sacred Heart Parish, Gardner.

            REV. MARCIN NOWICKI, to Associate Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Shrewsbury.

            REV. GUILLERMO OCHOA, to Associate Pastor, St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Milford.

            REV. DONALD OUELLETTE, from ministry at St. Joan of Arc Parish, Worcester to Associate Pastor, St. Brigid Parish, Millbury and St. Peter Parish, Worcester with residence St. Brigid Parish, Millbury.

            REV. NELSON RIVERA, to Associate Pastor, Blessed John Paul II Parish, Southbridge.

            REV. PATRICK SSEKYOLE, to Associate Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Auburn.

 

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Framingham REI — Bark Ecology and ID: Get to Know Your Trees (Boston)

·         Date: 6/25/2011

·         Event Location: Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston, MA

·         Event Fee: See event details

·         Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (EDT)

·         Leader: Michael Wojtech

Description: Identifying tree species can be challenging when the traits typically used to describe them--leaves, buds, and twigs--are not clearly visible or, in the case of leaves, not even present. Join Michael Wojtech for an exploration of bark, the tree characteristic that is always visible in every season. A copy of his new book, Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast, is included with the class fee. You will learn how to differentiate six different bark types, how to use the book's identification keys, and begin to discover why such a variety of bark characteristics has evolved--Why do some species have smooth bark, while on others it is thick and broken? Why does bark peel? After a classroom session we will practice identifying native tree species on the grounds of the Arboretum. Open to naturalists at all levels of experience. Fee: $55 Arnold Arboretum member, $70 nonmember Direct link to event: https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1026&DayPlannerDate=6/25/2011  Or www.my.arboretum.harvard.edu

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Store Sponsor: Framingham REI

 

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IT'S TIME TO DECORATE 

YOUR PATIO & DECK NOW!

 

Summer is here and our flowers are gorgeous!

 

Come pick up a hanging plant, container garden, giant dahlia, or a deck planter for your home. You will enjoy your beautiful flowers all season and well into the fall....color your world with flowers!

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Dianthus, Cleome,

 Giant Dahlias

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Hanging Cherry Tomato

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 Pretty Impatiens

 

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Deck Rail Planter 

 

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Murtha Cullina LLP Helps Clean Up

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Parks

 

BOSTON, MA (June 22, 2011)… On Thursday, June 16, 2011, a group of employees from the Boston office of Murtha Cullina LLP participated in their annual summer community service project by helping clean up The Rose Kennedy Greenway Parks.  The group of more than 20 attorneys and staff pulled, picked and polished down the mile-long stretch of the Greenway to help make it beautiful for Bostonians and tourists to enjoy this summer.  

 

“As we celebrate our 75th year anniversary with a focus on community service, we are proud to organize and participate in events each year to help keep Boston beautiful and to give back to our community,” said Rob Munnelly, partner-in-charge of the Boston office of Murtha Cullina.

 

Jennifer Whelen, Volunteer Coordinator & Development Assistant for the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, in a thank you note to the firm said, “The horticulture staff was thrilled to have had your help! The Greenway looks as good as it does because of the phenomenal work of our team and volunteers like you.”

 

About The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is a private, non-profit organization that is the steward of the parks on behalf of the public. It raises private and public funds to support the parks, aspiring to excellence in design, operations and public programming. Its commitment is to preserve Boston’s proud reputation as a walkable city and to ensure that the Greenway is a thriving, and welcoming public amenity.

For more information, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org .

 

Update on Sparkles' Memorial Service


One week from today, Sparkles' memorial service will be held at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Walk of Honor at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The memorial service has taken over 7 months of planning and live streaming will begin at 11:00 A.M. ET June 29th at http://www.sparklesthefiresafetydog.com/sparklesmemorialservice.html

To read about Sparkles' Pathway on the Walk of Honor, visit http://www.sparklesthefiresafetydog.com/sparklesmemorialpathway.html

 

       

SOUTHBOROUGH FIRE DEPARTMENT

  DAILY LOG

 

Tuesday 6/14/11

 

02:23 ALARM SYSTEM DUE TO MALFUNCTIO BARN LN 

    C30  LT DANO

 

07:56 POWER LINE DOWN MAIN ST 

    C20  CHIEF MAURO

    E22  LT DANO         FF PIERCE

 

09:30 PLAN REVIEW - SMOKE DETECTOR SCHIPPER FARM LN 

    C3   CAPT MAURO

 

10:36 EMS CALL NEWTON ST 

    A28  FF ROACH        FF MARTINS

    C30  LT DANO

 

13:45 26F REINSPECTION PRESIDENTIAL DR 

    C27  CAPT MAURO

 

16:00 SMOKE DETECTOR, RESALE SEARS RD 

    C27  CAPT MAURO

 

Wednesday 6/15/11

 

10:37 ALARM SYSTEM, UNINTENTIONAL WOLFPEN LN 

    E23  FF ROACH

    T21  LT PELTIER      FF FRANKS       FF MARTINS

 

13:52 EMS CALL CORDAVILLE RD 

    A28  LT PELTIER      FF MARTINS

    C30  FF GOODSPEED

 

14:30 PLAN REVIEW - SMOKE DETECTOR HIGH RIDGE RD 

    C3   CAPT MAURO

 

18:06 EMS CALL OREGON RD 

    A28  FF PIERCE       FF MARTINS

    C30  FF GOODSPEED

 

21:26 EMS CALL BOSTON RD 

    A28  FF PIERCE       FF MARTINS

    C30  FF GOODSPEED

 

Thursday 6/16/11

 

00:45 EMS CALL NORTH ST 

    A28  FF PIERCE       FF MARTINS

    C30  FF GOODSPEED

 

07:26 VEH ACCIDENT W/INJURIES WEST UNION ST and OLIVE ST ASH

    A28  FF ROACH        FF GOODSPEED

 

10:18 EMS CALL CORDAVILLE RD 

    A29  FF ROACH        FF RICE

    C30  FF GOODSPEED

 

13:30 MISC. SAFETY INSPECTION BOSTON RD 

    C27  CAPT MAURO

 

14:30 PROPANE INSPECTION MARLBORO RD 

    C27  CAPT MAURO

 

14:47 VEH ACCIDENT W/INJURIES TURNPIKE RD and PARKERVILLE NORTH RD

    A29  FF ROACH        FF RICE

    C27  CAPT MAURO

    E23  LT PELTIER      FF STRONG

 

16:53 VEH ACCIDENT W/INJURIES TURNPIKE RD and PARKERVILLE RD

    A28  FF ROACH        FF RICE

    E23  LT PELTIER      FF STRONG

 

17:25 SMOKE DET. ACT.-NO FIRE, UNINT RICHARDS RD 

    E22  FF STRONG

    T21  LT PELTIER      FF RICE         FF ROACH

 

19:07 EMS CALL PARKERVILLE RD 

    A28  FF ROACH        FF RICE

    C30  FF STRONG

 

23:28 COVER ASSIGNMENT PIERCE ST  NOR

    C20  CHIEF MAURO

    E22  LT PELTIER      FF STRONG       FF ROACH        FF RICE

 

Friday 6/17/11

 

12:35 SYSTEM MALFUNCTION, OTHER BOSTON RD 

    E22  FF AMENDOLA

    T21  FF FRANKS       FF SHANAHAN     FF GOODSPEED

 

15:50 EMS CALL NEWTON ST 

    A28  FF AMENDOLA     FF GOODSPEED

    C30  FF SHANAHAN

 

17:50 EMS CALL GRANUAILE RD 

    A28  FF FRANKS       FF GOODSPEED

    C30  FF AMENDOLA

 

Saturday

 

00:13 EMS CALL MARLBORO RD 

    A28  FF FRANKS       FF GOODSPEED

    C30  FF SHANAHAN

 

02:26 MALICIOUS/FALSE ALARM, DIRECT MARLBORO RD 

    E22  FF GOODSPEED

    T21  LT PELTIER      FF FRANKS       FF SHANAHAN

 

21:21 GOOD INTENT CALL WARD RD 

    C30  FF AMENDOLA

 

 

23:00 DETAIL - OFF DUTY MARLBORO RD 

    OTH  LT PELTIER

 

Sunday 6/19/11

 

02:26 EMS CALL STRAWBERRY HILL RD 

    A28  LT DANO         FF NEAL         FF ROACH

 

Monday 6/20/11

 

08:38 BOMB SCARE - NO BOMB JOHN ST 

    A28  FF NAVAROLI     FF MARTINS

    C27  CAPT MAURO

    E22  LT DANO         CAPT HUBLEY

 

10:05 UNITENTIONAL TRANMISSION OF AL SEARS RD 

    E22  LT DANO

    T21  CAPT HUBLEY     FF NAVAROLI     FF MARTINS

 

10:30 SITE PLAN REVIEW BELMONT LN 

    C3   CAPT MAURO

 

13:30 SMOKE DETECTOR, RESALE MOONEY LN 

    C27  CAPT MAURO

 

14:47 M/A GIVEN CEDAR ST  ASH

    E22  CAPT HUBLEY     LT DANO         FF MARTINS

   

15:30 PROPANE INSPECTION ANDREWS WY 

    C27  CAPT MAURO

 

16:00 OIL BURNER FLAGG RD 

    C27  CAPT MAURO

 

16:30 SMOKE DETECTOR, RESALE BLACKTHORN DR 

    C27  CAPT MAURO

 

20:15 EMS CALL LATISQUAMA RD 

    A28  EMT GLECKEL     FF NAVAROLI

    C30  FF NEAL

   

Sudbury Valley Trustees and Massachusetts Land Initiative for Tomorrow (MassLIFT) Partners are now accepting applications for AmeriCorps conservation service positions

The Massachusetts Land Initiative for Tomorrow (MassLIFT), a statewide AmeriCorps program, has been awarded $260,000 for a second year of federal support by the Corporation of National and Community Service. The conservation organizations participating in this program are now accepting applications for twenty AmeriCorps positions to start in September.

MassLIFT is a collaboration of seven regional conservation groups designed to meet Massachusetts’ needs for land protection, including assistance with land conservation projects, stewardship of protected lands, outreach to the community, and service learning opportunities to engage young people in conservation.

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust of Athol, Massachusetts initiated this program in 2010 with six partners -Franklin Land Trust, Greater Worcester Land Trust, Kestrel Trust, Nashua River Watershed Association, Sudbury Valley Trustees, and Wildlands Trust. All the original MassLIFT partners will continue with the program for a second year.

Sudbury Valley Trustees’ Executive Director Ron McAdow considers the first year of the program to be a tremendous success. "Our two AmeriCorps members have greatly increased SVT’s conservation capacity. Their enthusiasm and commitment has been inspirational and their assistance invaluable in our ability to reach out to a larger community. We look forward to continuing this relationship in the coming years." Sudbury Valley Trustees will be hosting both a Land Steward and a Regional Conservationist. Land Stewards help monitor protected lands to ensure that conservation agreements are followed; Regional Conservationists initiate and implement new conservation projects.

Other groups hosting AmeriCorps members serving with MassLIFT include the East Quabbin Land Trust, Millers River Watershed Council, North County Land Trust, and the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership. New partners are also being considered.

The federal grant to MassLIFT, administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance, provides stipends for AmeriCorps members to serve in one of four positions - Land Stewards, Outreach Coordinators, Regional Conservationists, or Service Learning Coordinators. MassLIFT AmeriCorps members develop skills necessary to carry out conservation projects and engage community volunteers in local conservation service activities. "As a MassLIFT land steward, I’ve been able to gain valuable experience writing baseline reports, conducting annual monitoring visits and learning how a non-profit land trust operates," says Mount Grace AmeriCorps member Gwen Kozlowski. "I am increasing Mount Grace’s stewardship capacity, while at the same time I’m learning the ropes of land conservation. This position has helped me to understand what long term stewardship means on the ground."

Each year, AmeriCorps offers more than 70,000 opportunities nationwide for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve with local and national nonprofit groups. AmeriCorps programs address community needs in one of five priority areas laid out in the Serve America Act: education, healthy futures, clean energy and the environment, veterans, and economic

opportunity. The twenty AmeriCorps members serving with MassLIFT will help our partners and the communities they serve protect land and water from the Berkshires to the Cape.

Applications and program requirements are at www.mountgrace.org/americorps-masslift .

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Southborough Recreation

Half Day Summer Camps
Kid's Kamp (pk - grade 1)
Kid's Klub (grade 2 - 5)

Additional Summer Programs
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Southborough Summer Nights FaceBook

Recreation Commission Meeting
TBD
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Selectmen Do Not Reappoint Sam Stivers

Last night selectmen continued hearing from residents and business owners of the pros and cons of reappointing Sam Stivers for another five year term.  Last week Selectmen listened to residents and business owners about a lack of respect, a multitude of conditions and long meetings seeking approvals from the ZBA for variances.  The ZBA was brought into the Selectmen’s meeting again to meet with them to discuss the issues that had been brought up.  Mr. Stivers and several ZBA members claimed there was no bias toward business and that the majority of variances over the years have been approved.  Selectmen had begun the process of interviewing candidates for the ZBA.  Tara Bayko was interviewed last week and others this week.  Southborough selectmen ultimately voted to replace Mr. Stivers with Thomas Bhistkul.  Tara Bayko was appointed first alternate and Dave Eagle as second alternate. 

Found this interesting compilation of music with a very interesting twist and story that goes with it.  The story can be located by clicking on the banner.  It was made in Afghanistan and all proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. We all don't have to agree with the war but most of us know someone who has been there or will be.


Jamie Eldridge - State Senator - Middlesex and Worcester District

June eNewsletter: Restoring Public Trust in Gov't

Dear Friend,

The last few months have seen a flurry of activity at the State House, with the House and Senate going through the annual budget process, and Legislative committees beginning to hold numerous hearings on bills that have been filed. 

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At the 2011 Senior Conference
 

 

In May, following several days of debate, the Senate passed our version of the FY12 budget. A drop-off in federal aid combined with a still-recovering economy to make this the most difficult fiscal year we've faced in a long time. A budget deficit of $1.8 billion meant deep cuts to local aid and state services in addition to the cuts we've made over the past few years.

 

Although I would have preferred to raise revenue in a way that would support our state's goals and priorities while holding off a tax increase for low-and-moderate income families, not enough of my colleagues felt similarly -- which meant that this year's budget was balanced entirely through cuts. These cuts will seriously impact the level of services our cities and towns will be able to deliver and harm thousands of families across the state.

 

Amidst this bad news, we were able to win a few victories. Budget amendments I filed to increased funding for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program and public housing (both of which help prevent homelessness) were passed by the Senate, as were amendments to fund one-time regionalization bonus aid and mitigation for prison host communities, such as Shirley in our district. I also worked with my colleagues to increase funding for the Women, Infant & Children (WIC) Nutrition Plan, Legal Assistance, and Regional School Transportation.
 

Learn more about the Senate budget, and how state spending has changed over time, from the Massachusetts Budget & Policy Center.
 

As I mentioned, this is prime time for Legislative hearings, and hardly a week goes by these days without a hearing being held on at least one, if not more, of the bills I've filed. You can learn more about the public hearing process and some of the bills for which I've recently testified on my blog, the Dridge Report.
 

While all this good work was happening, I was, like many of you, following the recent trial of former-House Speaker Sal DiMasi, with all of its disheartening revelations. Although I am sorry for the taint this trial has cast on the many honest, hard-working and well-intentioned public servants I know, I do believe justice was served in this case, and I was glad to see it.

 

Much more needs to be done, however, to reform Beacon Hill and restore public trust in integrity of our system. Read below to learn about one proposal I've made to do just that -- or check out an op-ed I wrote on the subject, recently published in the Boston Herald.
 

As always, I encourage you to contact my office any time with your questions, thoughts, problems and concerns -- on this idea or any others!

Sincerely,

 Jamie Eldridge
Jamie Eldridge


Restoring Public Trust in Gov't
 

In the wake of the DiMasi trial, and the unsettling picture it painted about the corrupting influences of power and money, I believe the time is right for the Legislature to take bold action to try and lessen the influence of moneyed interests on our government -- and try to help restore public trust in government in the process.

 

I firmly believe from experience that most elected officials are honest people trying to do the right thing.That is made harder, however, by a system that erodes public faith in government, as even honest elected officials look tainted when money seems to be greasing the wheels of government.

 

Our current campaign finance system sets elected officials up for numerous conflict of interest problems (or even just the appearance of such) because campaigns are often funded by the exact same people who are looking for something in return – a contract, a tax break, or a piece of legislation 

We can help improve the image of government by reducing these "pay-to-play" opportunities in our current system.

 

I have proposed “An Act Restoring Public Confidence in Government by Eliminating Pay-to-Play Opportunities,” which would prohibit lobbyists from soliciting campaign contributions and prohibit principals of state contractors (with contracts of $50,000 or greater) and their immediate family from giving or soliciting contributions for statewide and legislative candidates for office. This legislation is modeled on Connecticut law, which is one of the strictest in the nation and was upheld by the courts in December 2008.

By limiting the impact of corporate money, we’ll also have a better chance of passing important pieces of legislation that enjoy high levels of public support, but have been stalled for years by opposition from well-connected lobbyists and their corporate clients.

The public deserves to feel confident that their elected officials are making decisions based on what is best for the people — and not themselves. That's why I sponsored this bill last session, and again this session, and why I'll keep working to see it passed.

Learn more:

·         Summary of Jamie's bill

·         Jamie's Op-Ed in the Boston Herald

·         Boston Phoenix Editorial in support of Jamie's bill

·         WBUR: Is there a "Pay-to-Play" system on Beacon Hill?


Eliminating Health Coverage Gaps for Kids
 

In this tight budget environment, lawmakers are always looking for those magic bullets: ways we can improve services AND save money. A bill I’ve filed to establish 12-month continuous eligibility for children and their parents under MassHealth is one of those rare policy solutions.

 

Massachusetts has done a very good job providing health coverage for children – but we’ve done less of a good job keeping children continuously insured.

 

Children often lose their MassHealth coverage – despite remaining eligible for the program – for a variety of reasons. Household income can fluctuate, a family may be unable to pay the required premium contribution, or a family can change their address and forget to notify MassHealth. Paperwork glitches on either end – government or family – can also cause coverage to be dropped. As a result, thousands of Massachusetts children experience gaps in coverage, often because they fall through cracks in the system.
 

 

By allowing eligible families to maintain their MassHealth coverage for a full year without having to reapply, we can help eliminate health care coverage gaps for children – and save the state money by reducing the administrative costs associated with reviewing multiple applications and reapplications from eligible families. Whether you care about health care for children or reducing unnecessary bureaucracy (or both), it’s a win-win situation.

Learn more:

·         Dridge Report: Achieving Better Care AND Better Government

·         AP: Advocates: "Glitches" Keep Mass Kids Uninsured

·         Boston Globe: Red Tape Cited in Health Gap for Young


Creating Healthier Communities Through Zoning Reform

One of my top priorities this session is passing comprehensive zoning reform to help create:
 

·         More vibrant, higher-density downtown business districts

·         More diverse and affordable housing stock

·         Better protected open spaces and natural resources

·         Healthier, more walkable, bikeable communities

The bill I've filed -- the Comprehensive Land Use Reform and Partnership Act (CLURPA – S1019) -- was heard in mid-May. It would be the first major update of the Commonwealth’s zoning laws in over 35 years, and it encourages communities to adopt or update their local master plans and provides them the tools necessary to implement zoning regulations to reach their planning goals.

 

This bill will make it easier for cities and towns to plan and build the kind of communities they want to have. By updating our zoning laws, we can make it easier for cities and towns to proactively invigorate our downtowns and residential areas, promote sustainable and responsible development, create diverse and affordable housing, protect open space and agricultural land, and create healthier, more pedestrian- and bike-friendly communities.

 

Learn More:

·         Bill Summary

·         MWDN: Eldridge Files Bill to Overhaul State Zoning Laws

·         Lowell Sun: Land-use Loophole Needs a Redesign
 


Promoting Financial Literacy 


In June, financial literacy legislation I sponsored was heard by the Joint Committee on Education.

Senate Bill 204, “An Act Relative to Financial Literacy in Schools,” would require that personal financial literacy be taught at all schools in the Commonwealth.

 

The bill would require the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to develop standards and objectives for personal financial literacy for grades K-12 in the mathematics curriculum.  The curriculum would include information on loans, borrowing money, interest, credit card debt, online commerce, rights and responsibilities of renting or buying a home, saving, investing and planning for retirement, and banking and financial services.

Today’s youth are bombarded with a multitude of financial options and responsibilities at an increasingly young age, yet many are ill-equipped to make informed decisions about financial matters. By teaching children the financial education basics in school, we will help them make educated financial decisions in the future, preventing future bankruptcies, foreclosures, and unmanageable debt

This is a result that’s good for society as well as for individuals. Over the long term, the investment we make in teaching children financial literacy now will help strengthen our economy and prevent future economic crises.

 

Learn More: 

·         Bill Summary: S204

·         Op-Ed: Teach Young People the Basics of Financial Management

·         Lowell Sun: Lawmakers: Make Personal Financial Literacy a School Requirement
 

In This Issue:

·         Restoring Public Trust in Gov't

·         Eliminating Health Coverage Gaps for Kids

·         Creating Healthier Communities through Zoning Reform

·         Promoting Financial Literacy

 

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Senior Conference

The 2011 Senior Conference at the Assabet Valley Technical High School in Marlborough was a great success. Thanks to all who came!
 

 

Check out some photos from the event.

 

Grassroots Solution to the Citizens United Decision

Come learn more about the impact of the "Citizens United" Supreme Court decision on our democratic system and legislation Jamie has proposed to increase transparency for corporate political spending.

 

Featuring Senator Jamie Eldridge and John Bonifaz, Co-Founder of Free Speech for People

Thursday, June 30th
7:00 pm
Temple Beth Elohim
133 Prospect Street Acton, MA

 

The Dridge Report

·         Promoting Financial Literacy

·         A Public Option for Massachusetts

·         Achieving Better Care AND Better Government

·         A Week of Hearings

 

Jamie in the News

·         Boston Herald: Time to Flag Pay to Play

·         Worcester Business Journal: You Can't Manage What You Can't Measure

·         Eagle Tribune: Teach Young People the Basics of Financial Management

·         Boston Phoenix: Cleaning Up After DiMasi
 

Peek a Boo

June 21, 2011 - Foxes of a different kind hide in the garden.

PRIVATE          MARCELLUS J. BURDITT

·       Private Marcelus Burditt was born in Clinton, MA. on December  19th, 1845. 

·       He enlisted in August 1864 and mustered into the Massachusetts Heavy Artillery.   

·       He served on the defenses of Washington, D. C. in 1864.

·       He was taken sick with Typhoid Pneumonia and died at Dangerfield Hospital, VA, on February 24th, 1865, at    age 19.

·       Private Marcellus J. Burditt’s remains were buried in Southborough. 

June 21, 2011 - Continuing with the Southborough residents who are listed on the Civil War monument in Southborough.

(photo by L. Hubley - Antietam Battlefield.  

PRIVATE    PATRICK H. CLEARY

·      Private Patrick Cleary was born in Ireland in 1841.·      He enlisted in May 1861, and mustered into the Massachusetts Volunteers, Infantry.

·      He fought in three conflicts during 1861.

 

·      Private Cleary was taken sick with pneunia after a long march and died at Manassas, VA, on April 2nd, 1862, at age 21.

·      Private Patrick H. Cleary’s remains were buried in Southborough.

 

Space Weather News for June 21, 2011
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SOLSTICE SOLAR FLARE: The first day of northern summer began with a solar flare. Magnetic fields above sunspot complex 1236 erupted during the early hours of June 21st, hurling a coronal mass ejection (CME) almost directly toward Earth.  The incoming CME does not appear to be particularly potent; nevertheless, the cloud could trigger polar geomagnetic storms when it reaches Earth on or about June 23rd. Check 
http://spaceweather.com for movies and updates.

HANG AN EXPLOSION ON YOUR WALL: The solar super-explosion of June 7, 2011, is now available from the Space Weather Store as a unique metallic wall hanging. Take a look: 
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New subscribers may sign up for free space weather alerts at 
http://spaceweather.com/services/ .
 

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Flotilla

June 20, 2011 - A gander of geese cruise along the reservoir off route 85.

Sudbury Valley Trustees

Butterflies of Summer, Cedar Hill Reservation, Northborough

Saturday, July 9, 9:30am-Noon

 

  SVT Property Steward Bill Coder.  The abundant milkweed and other field flowers in the fields at Cedar Hill Reservation provide a great place to see and learn about butterflies.  Many varieties are predictably present in early July, from showy Monarchs and Swallowtails to smaller Browns and Skippers.  Some of the best viewing opportunities are an additional reward for those ready for a half-mile hike up the steep slope to the top of the hill. 

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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Inter-borough Community Band
 
 

The Interboro Band will be performing a free, outdoor concert on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at The Willows in Westborough, MA.  Bring a chair, your friends and family, some snacks if you'd

like and enjoy a fun, family-friendly evening of music (there's a make your own sundae bar, too!).  In case of rain, the concert will move indoors to the Willows community room.All are still welcome

but please let residents have first choice of seating.

 

A variety of music will be presented from traditional marching band selections (including Barnum & Bailey's Special!) to selections from "Grease" and other light, enjoyable music.

 

The Willows is located at the corner of Rt. 30 and Lyman Street.  Parking is across Rt. 30 at the elementary school.  The Interboro Band is made up of adults and teens from around the area.  We are conducted by Jamie Clark and rehearse from September to June on Monday

evenings at Trottier Middle School.  All players are welcome!  If you'd like more information please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/interboroband/

 

Hope to see you Wednesday!

 

Summer 2011 Young Environmentalist Program (YEP) Begins

 

Getting the Lay of the Land


Wednesday, June 22nd
12:00 to 1:15

ELM Office

14 Beacon St., Suite 714

Boston, MA

 

ELM is kicking off its Summer 2011 Young Environmentalist Program (YEP) with Getting the Lay of the Land, an introduction to environmental priorities in Massachusetts.

 

YEP's series of 5 weekly lunch meetings is a great way for interns and young staff to engage with actors from across the policy-making spectrum and to connect with each other over pizza. Each Wednesday through July 27th ELM facilitates a lively discussion and the occasional site visit. 

We don't call this "Pizza, Policy, and Politics!" for nothing.  

 

For a tentative schedule of YEP Summer 2011 go here. Highlights include Lunch with Legislators, where we'll be joined by Rep. Jason Lewis and Rep. Lori Ehrlich, a Sustainability Session featuring Heather Henriksen from Harvard's Office for Sustainability, and Campaign Building with Georgia Hollister Isman, Executive Director of MassAlliance

Please RSVP to Program Coordinator Eugenia Gibbons at egibbons@environmentalleague.org by Tuesday at noon if you plan to attend this session.

 

 

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY ANNOUNCES FEDERAL FUNDING AWARDS TO STRENGTHEN LOCAL HEALTH SERVICES

Funding to help cities and towns regionalize local services and protect public health

WORCESTER -- Friday, June 17, 2011 -- Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today joined local elected officials and public health leaders at Worcester City Hall to officially announce more than $275,000 in federal funding awards to strengthen health services at the local level. As part of the program, 114 cities and towns serving more than 1.8 million people will engage in planning to form eleven new public health districts to support food protection, disease control, emergency preparedness, septic inspections, tobacco control and prevention of chronic disease.

“Our Administration continues to work with cities and towns to identify opportunities to increase the efficiency and effectiveness for the delivery of local services,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “By partnering with our congressional delegation, this federal funding will help cities and towns collaborate, share and strengthen local public health services.”

The Public Health District Incentive Grant Program will provide financial support for groups of municipalities to enter into formal, long-term agreements to share resources and coordinate activities with the goal of improving the scope, quality and effectiveness of local public health services for their combined populations.

The program seeks to permanently strengthen the local public health infrastructure in Massachusetts by taking maximum advantage of limited resources to protect population health, prevent injury and disease and promote healthy behaviors through policy change and service delivery at the regional level.
“This investment will help us strengthen local health services and expand access to first-rate resources that promote healthy living and prevent illness in the first place,” said U.S. Senator John Kerry.

“I am pleased to see the benefits of health reform continue in Massachusetts in support of much needed public health infrastructure," said Congressman James McGovern. "Population-based public health efforts are a proven, cost-effective way to keep people healthy, and I believe they should continue to be a priority.”

The initiative is also designed to reduce disparities among local public health systems in their capacities to carry out the responsibilities of Boards of Health; promote policy change to address persistent and emerging public health challenges; enhance the qualifications of the state’s local public health workforce; and prepare for voluntary national accreditation of local health systems.

The funding builds on the Patrick-Murray Administration's continued efforts to promote and encourage regionalization. Last year, Lieutenant Governor Murray chaired the Regionalization Advisory Commission, which included a sub-committee focused on regionalizing public health services. In September, 2011, Lieutenant Governor Murray plans to participate in the Administration's 3rd Annual Regionalization Conference that attracts local officials from across the state to discuss and share best practices for regionalization.

“This is a historic opportunity for cities and towns in Massachusetts to collaborate on public health needs,” said Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner John Auerbach. “With these new federal resources, cities and towns will be able to work together to better protect the public and prevent injury and disease among residents.”

The Public Health District Incentive Grant Program is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure to Improve Health Outcomes initiative. Massachusetts is one of 14 states funded by the CDC through the newly created Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Eighteen groups of communities competed for the planning grants. The eleven groups of communities selected to receive awards will be eligible to compete for a smaller number of multi-year operating grants, which the Department of Public Health expects to offer beginning later this year. Resources for the operating grants will depend on continued funding of national health care reform by Congress.
 


Awarded Planning Grants Include:

·         MetroWest Public Health and Nursing District: $30,000
Lead Agency: Acton Board of Health
Proposed Communities (13): Acton, Concord, Framingham, Hudson, Southborough, Weston, Lincoln, Holliston, Carlisle, Marlborough, Stow, Maynard, Westborough

 

Bruins Support Summer Reading

The Boston Bruins have once again teamed up with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) and local libraries to encourage kids and teens to keep reading over the summer. This year, libraries across the Commonwealth are offering programs that inspire all ages to discover the world through reading: One World, Many Stories for kids; You Are Here for teens, and Novel Destinations for adults.  

 Summer reading is one of the best ways to help children and teens maintain skills they’ve learned over the academic year and grow towards the skills required for the next school year. To encourage participation, the Bruins (mascot Blades and other VIPs) are making special library visits to award Boston Bruins Reading Rinks to five lucky libraries. The rinks feature Bruins- themed hockey furniture and provide a comfortable space for young readers and their families to read together, do a craft, or take part in a library program.

 This is the second year the team has awarded Reading Rinks to Massachusetts Libraries. Middleborough Public Library was one of last year’s winners and Director Danielle Bowker says the kids really enjoy it, “The Bruins Reading Rink is a phenomenal addition to our Children’s Room. The young ones just love it and the seats are never empty for very long.” The Boston Bruins will also provide prizes for children and teens selected from a pool of candidates who demonstrate outstanding reading involvement.

 The Boston Bruins began partnering with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System in 2009. Together the organizations developed "When you read, you score" that works with the MBLC and Regional Library Systems' existing summer reading programs. Tim Thomas, Milan Lucic, Mark Recchi and other players helped libraries develop “Favorite Books of the Boston Bruins,” a recommended reads list, to encourage children and teens to read a variety of books over the summer.

Massachusetts has offered statewide online summer reading programs since 2007. Participants register, write book reviews, set goals, and track their progress online. Massachusetts was the first state in the country to offer such a program. On average, 350 libraries offer statewide summer reading each year with over 95,000 children, teens, adults participating.

Sports and Recreation

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upcoming athletic event!

 

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RidePostcard11  Memory Ride

  Saturday July 23, 2011 

  Fort Devens, MA

  www.memoryride.org 

 

  Riders

  20, 30, 62, and 100 mile scenic route options through  

  Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire,

  or try our new 11 mile Family Ride! 

  Click here to register!      

 

  Volunteers

  If you would like to participate but aren't a rider, we need your help as

  are available and sign up today!


  90% of money raised by Memory Ride goes directly to Alzheimer's 

 disease research. Come join the fun and help us work towards the end of Alzheimer's!  


 

Questions? Email memoryride@alz.org.

 

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 New Hampshire Reach the Beach Relay          

 September 16-17, 2011

 Cannon Mountain to Hampton Beach, NH

 www.runforthememory.org


 

 Runners

 Run 200 miles in 24 hours in New Hampshire 

 during peak foliage season! Race for free and fundraise for the

 Alzheimer's Association. For more information about racing as a team

 at the NH Reach the Beach Relay, visit www.runforthememory.org.


 Volunteers

 Volunteers are needed to support our Reach the Beach Relay runners

 in New Hampshire along the relay route.  Click here for Reach the  Beach volunteer information. 

  

 To learn more about volunteer options, please contact Angela Floro  via  email or call 617.393.2026. 

 

TriPostcard2011  Max Performance Triathlon SeriesMarx Performance
 

  July 17, 2011 

  MA State Triathlon, Winchendon  

  www.runforthememory.org

 

  Triathletes

  Join the Run for the Memory tri 

  team at the MA State Triathlon this summer. Learn more about

  fundraising for the Alzheimer's Association through the Max

  Performance Triathlon Series. As a benefit of team membership, your

  event registration fee will be waived. Fundraising spots are limited. 

  

  Volunteers

  Volunteers needed! For more information, please contact

  Angela Floro via email or call 617.393.2026.

 

 

 

Our Vision:  a world without Alzheimer's disease.

 

Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter

311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

regional offices:

Raynham, Springfield and Worcester, MA and Bedford and Lebanon, NH

617.868.6718  MA |  603.606.6590 NH | 800.272.3900 24/7 Helpline

alz.org/MANH

 

Southborough Conservation Commission Hosts Deer Management Information Session,

 June 28

Southborough, MAJune 15, 2011 - The Southborough Conservation Commission, in conjunction with the West Suburban Conservation Council, is sponsoring an information session to help local residents understand the impact of deer overpopulations on their health and property. The session will be held at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, June 28 at Cordaville Hall (Southborough Senior Center), 9 Cordaville Road, Southborough, MA.  The public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Experts in the field of deer management issues will provide information and answer question

·        Sonja Christensen, Deer Project Leader & Biologist, Mass. Division of Fisheries & Wildlife

·        Tom Rawinski, Botanist, USDA Forest Service

·        Sam Telford, Lyme disease expert, Tufts University.

Towns and landowners in the SuAsCo (Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord rivers) watershed region are beginning to notice the affects of large whitetail deer populations. The towns and landowners are concerned with the damage to forest ecosystems by heavy deer browsing, or grazing, which may be reducing or eliminating regeneration of some tree and shrub species and local populations of herbaceous plants, including some rare species, and promoting the growth of invasive plants through preferential browsing.

Human health and property concerns include the spread of Lyme disease, deer-vehicle collisions, and damage to landscape plantings and agricultural crops. While the consequences of a large deer population are well documented in other parts of the state and country, this forum will inform the public about the current impact of deer on the regional landscape and human health.

The West Suburban Conservation Council is a group of towns and land trusts in the SuAsCo region that collaborates on land management and protection issues.

F more information, contact Erin Snook, Community Outreach Coordinator, Sudbury Valley Trustees, AmeriCorps MassLIFT Member, 978-443-5588 X121.

Progression

June 19, 2011 - The majority of the new granite curbings were all put in place last week.

Senior Center Activities

20 Monday

21Tuesday

22 Wednesday

23 Thursday

24 Friday

25 Saturday

8:30 Health Clinic

8:30 walking group

 

9:30 Mah Jongg

10:00 Canasta

open 9:00 AM Noon

 

9:00 Dr. Cooper

9:30 Tai Chi

8:30 am Health clinic

10:00 Bocce

9:30 A matter of Balance

10:00 Bocce

9:00 Yoga

10:00 beginner poker

10 beginner bocce

9:30 Pool

10:00 beginner tai chi

11:0 AM Alices Gift Shop

9:30 Cribbage

12 Ping Pong

10 AM Creative Writers

12:30 Bingo and lunch

12:00 blue plate special

1:00 Beginners Pool

12 Pitch

11:30 Minstrel Man singa long

 

2:00 Fitness

2:00 Fitness

1:00 water aerobics

 

 

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Monday 20

Tuesday 21

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Monday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10:00 am – 9:00 pm

 

June 22, 2011 - 6:00 PM  -  9:00 PM  Southborough Genealogy Club-Field Trip to Worcester Public Library      

    Join us in a carpool caravan to the Worcester Public Library on Foster Street in Worcester, Mass., for a tour of the local history and genealogy resources at this nearby library. Joy Hennig, Local History Librarian, will be our host. Call the Library at 508-485-5031 or stop by to register. We'll need at least three drivers, anticipating about a dozen of us who'll want to go. Cars will depart from the Southborough Library at 6:00 p.m., returning around 9:00 p.m. 

 

Southborough meetings

June 20,  to June 24, 2010

Meeting

Date

Time

Place

Board of Selectmen - Agenda

June 20

6:00 PM

McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House

Northborough/Southborough, Regional School Collective Bargaining Subcommittee - Agenda

June 20

5:00 PM

Principal's Conference Room, Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Bartlett Street, Northborough

Southborough School Committee - Special Open Meeting - Agenda

June 20

2:00 PM

Neary School Conference Room, 53 Parkerville Road

Zoning Board of Appeals - Agenda

June 20

6:00 PM

McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House

Zoning Board of Appeals - Agenda - CANCELLED

June 21

 

McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House

Youth Commission - Agenda

June 21

7:00 PM

Conference Room, Fayville Village Hall, 42 Central Street

Drafting Committee for Town Manager Legislation - Agenda

June 21

6:00 PM

McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House

Assabet Valley Regional School Committee - Agenda

June 21

7:00 PM

School Committee Conference Room, Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, 215 Fitchburg Street, Marlboro

Metrowest Regional Transit Authority - Agenda

June 22

4:00 PM

37 Waverly Street, Framingham

Zoning Board of Appeals - Agenda

June 22

7:30 PM

McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House

Community Preservation Committee - Agenda

June 23

7:00 PM

Upper Hall, Cordaville Hall, 9 Cordaville Road

Selectmen Vote to raise Transfer Station Fees

DPW Superintendent presented the new DPW fees and regulations to the Board of Selectmen earlier last week.  Currently $140 for two vehicles.   Ms Galligan said that she and the committee were exploring the following possibilities to help with reducing the budget deficit.

Purchase of Enterprise bags (pay as you throw)

Privatizing

Curbside

Leave it as it is

Leasing the transfer station.

Selectman Rooney is leaning to the pay as you go system.  Rooney proposed reducing the fee to $100-, seniors  free, then go pay as you go $1.00 per bag.  Typical household uses between 2 and 4 bags.  Three per week.   Average cost per household will increase but he would expect recycling to  increase.

How will would it be implemented and how to approach the monitoring of the system?  He did a 180 degree turn from last selectmen’s meeting.  This system under his research nearly covers the cost of the transfer station and he would rather see the Town stay involved with managing the transfer station vs leasing out.

Selectman Boland’s reaction was pay as you throw is worth looking into but probably not doable by the first of July of this year.  He claimed that when it comes to disposal of waste,  people are not as honest as we would like to think.  The green Tech committee looked into the throw as you go before and it was suggested then that the DPW would have to have another monitor in place.

Boland says sell the stickers as is this year and look into it further later this year so we don’t rush into anything.  Northborough has been looking into their trash disposal and has looked at Southborough’s way of doing it.  They can’t cover their trash disposal costs by stickers or bags alone, so do cover any deficit with tax money which Selectmen Boland would like to keep for Southborough until further investigation of the alternatives.

Selectman Kolenda does not want to see drastic increases and feels that privatizing would be much more than what Southborough charges residents.   A suggestion was made for a $175 proposal for transfer fees. 

Rooney would like to see more recycling to reduce the tipping fees and tonnage to Wheelabrator.  Boland says he has received many calls that residents would like to see some tax money pay for the transfer station vs. a larger fee for the transfer station sticker.

Boland moved that the transfer station stay the same this year but not go to the pay as you through right now.  Kolenda and Rooney voted for increasing the fee to $175 and accept the rules of the transfer station.  Selectman Boland had the minority vote for not increasing the fee.  They also would like to see a report on the alternatives in the fall.  He once again stated that constituents have called and wrote that they would like to see taxes cover any shortfall rather than an increase in the fee.   The majority of taxpayers use the transfer station with less than one third not using it.  Selectmen Boland reiterated that not all taxpayers use the various town services  yet still have to pay taxes.  For example, some people don’t have children in the school system, some residents never use police, fire or ambulance services etc but all still pay taxes for those purposes.

 

The Billy Webber Memorial Golf Tournament

 Monday, June 21, at 9 a.m., at Juniper Hill Golf Course, 202 Brigham St., Northborough. 9 a.m. shotgun start, best ball play. All abilities welcome.

Day includes a box lunch, and dinner, following the tournament. Prizes for the longest drive, and closest to the pin, also a silent auction and raffle.

All proceeds will benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

For information visit http://billywebbergolftourney.webs.com/

 

Group Advocates Job Creation

 

Boston and Worcester, MA...Today Mike Hruby and Marty Lamb launched an advocacy group focused on job creation in Massachusetts called New Jobs for Massachusetts (NJFM).

 

"We have a job crisis in Massachusetts.  We've had no net job growth in 21 years," said Hruby, President of NJFM.

 

Jobs Needed

Unemployed workers

300,000

Under-employed workers

600,000

College graduates per year

90,000

High school graduates not going to college

10,000

Total

1 million

 

"Right now we need one million new jobs in the Commonwealth.  Due to this urgent need, we felt it was important to establish this advocacy group solely focused in on growing jobs.  There are many government barriers to creating jobs and someone needs to address them," said Hruby.

 

First on his agenda is to fight the independent contractor rule which is the worst in the country.  Presently, the way the regulation is written it is nearly impossible to do contract work.  It forces companies to make everyone an employee which on the surface seems productive, but it actually suffocates new service firms from growing and thus hiring a skilled workforce.

 

"Our goal is to reverse the anti-jobs laws passed on Beacon Hill by educating our elected officials on the difficulties of adding to a business payroll.  As small business owners, we know first hand how difficult our laws and regulations can be.  By eliminating or reducing barriers, we can spur on critical job growth," said Marty Lamb, Vice President of NJFM.  "My daughter just graduated from high school.  I want her to have the economic opportunities I had when starting out."

 

There are several groups such as the National Federation of Independent Business and Associated Industries of Massachusetts that focus on the business side of legislative issue.  NJFM will advocate for policies that grow jobs both in large and small businesses. 

 

NJFM is funded by private small contributions so this new organization does not have a membership list that might face retaliation from the State House for being vocal on issues.

 

Mike Hruby has been a consultant to large and mid-sized technology companies for more than 20 years.  During the course of over 500 projects his firm helped companies nationwide enter new markets for their products.  Since 2004 he built a data center cooling business for a client based on its patent, and found licensees for corporate technologies.  He wrote an award-winning book on corporate growth strategy titled Technoleverage.  He has a Master's degree in Resource Economics from the University of New Hampshire.  He lives in Boxborough, Mass., with his wife, Leslie.

 

Mr. Lamb graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in 1985 and received his Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College in 1982. He has an extensive background in real estate law, formerly with Adelson, Golden & Loria, P.C., Edward A. Sokoloff & Associates, and Lamb & Shaffer, P.C. and is currently with Lamb and Browne, P.C. He is a member of the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts and small business. An active participant in community affairs, Mr. Lamb sits on the Board of Directors of New England Region of United Synagogue and is a past president of Temple Beth Torah in Holliston. He has also served on the Holliston Elementary School Council and the Campaign for Holliston Schools.  In 2010 Lamb won the hotly contested GOP primary for Congress in the 3rd district.

 

 

www.NewMassJobs.com

 

 

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

An Unfortunate Loss but a great Season!

June 19, 2011 - Algonquin Regional High School Boys lacrosse lost in the state finals to Medfield 13 to 9.