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November 27, 2011 - December 3, 2011

Santa Arrives

December 3, 2011 - The annual Santa Day arrived brought to the town for over thirty years by the Southborough Kindergroup.

Kid's Shop

December 3, 2011 - Lots to buy at the Boy Scout Troop 92 Kid's Shop today.


Sunset over Ft. Meadow, Marlborough

December 3, 2011 - Sunset on Ft. Meadow Reservoir, Marlborough.  Lake looks placid enough to take out a canoe.  However, if this warmer weather gets you into the canoe/kayak mode, be aware that it is mandatory to wear lifevests at this time of the year.

This Way

December 3, 2011 - Trying to out -do her brother Adam's house, Laura Phaneuf Bertonazzi decided might as well join him and put an array of lights on their house in the shape of an arrow pointing to Adam's house If you travel down Parkerville Road south from Route 9 look to your left just around the old trolley crossing bridge abutments.  

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Start of a New Season

December 3, 2011 - Wishful thinking of skating right now with this unseasonable weather.

Great game but unfortunately Assabet Valley fell to Baypath in the Super Bowl earlier today.  The score was a very respectable and close 38 to 34 game.

Holiday Lighting

December 2, 2011 - The Southborough Girl Scouts once again celebrated at the Community house with songs and lighting of the decorations tonight.


St. Mark’s Episcopal Church annual Christmas Bazaar

 Saturday, December 3rd, from 10am to 2pm,

featuring the White Elephant, Jewelry, & Toy sales, hand crafts, fresh greens, silent auction, basket raffles, hot lunch, photos with Santa, and so much more! 

New this year, in conjunction with the United Brethren Masonic Lodge of Marlborough: the MyChip child/youth identification program. 

Admission is free!

Also on the 3rd: Bargain Box Bag Sale at beginning at 10am

Come and fill as many bags as you like for only $5 per bag


Saturday, December 3 – Tree Decorating and Library Open House

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, December 3 at the Library.

Children are welcome to make ornaments and help decorate the Library Christmas tree in the front room.

The fun starts at 10:30 a.m. – no registration required. Come, and bring a friend or neighbor.

The Friends of the Library will have a table set out with information about membership. Did you know that it is our Friends of the Library who provide all those great museum passes for free or reduced admission at so many places of interest?  The Friends of the Library add “the icing on the cake” for the staff and for the Library community, and we need lots of friends!  Hope to see you tomorrow – Saturday, December 3 – at the Library.

Open Studio



December 3rd & 4th - Cathy Gerson Open Studios,
Southborough, MA
10am - 5pm

December 10th & 11th - Cathy Gerson Open Studios,
Southborough, MA
10am - 5pm

December 17th & 18th - Cathy Gerson Open Studios,
Southborough, MA
10am - 5pm

Cathy Gerson Ceramic Design
254 Parkerville Road
Southborough, MA 01772

phone: 508.485.5992
fax: 508.485.0679






Sunny Window Soaps and Scents

4 Pearl Street

Southborough, MA

Open Studio at the Barn

December 10 – 11, 2011

December 17 – 18, 2011

      (508) 485-8132      



Leeds Land Farm Craft Shop

118 Middle Rd., Southborough, MA, 01772

(508) 481-6111


Open House

Saturday, Dec 3 @ 10:00 AM

Saturday, Dec 10 @ 10 AM

Sunday, Dec 11 @ 10 AM


Handmade crafts made on farm with sheep and llama wool. Hats, mittens, scarves, rugs, yarn and felted items


Wolf Hill Farm

30 Jericho Hill Road

Southborough, Ma




11/19 – 12/18 10 – dusk weekends only for trees.   Christmas Barn open


 Thu & Fri 11:00-6:00, Sat & Sun 10:00-5:00.



Southborough Firefighter's Association Annual Christmas Tree Sale

behind the Main Fire Station on Main Street

Monday through Friday 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM


Eastward Ho

December 2, 2011 - A single engine runs east through the Southborough station.

Jeffrey S. Thomas, 46, of Southborough, formerly of Natick, died Wednesday (Nov. 30, 2011) at Marlboro Hospital after being stricken ill at home. He leaves his wife of 23 years Helen (Lee) Thomas and children Scott W. Thomas and Rebecca A. Thomas both at home. Also leaves his parents Francis and Judith (Finch) Thomas of Durham, CT. and his sister Debrah Linehan and her husband Kevin of Cromwell, CT. and his mother and father in law Robert and Sandra Wilson of Natick. He was born in Hartford, CT and moved to Southborough 8 years ago from Natick. For the past several months he was employed as a stationary engineer by the Energy Construction Service of Worcester. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday (Dec. 3, 2011) in the John P. Rowe Funeral Home Inc., 57 Main St., Marlborough. Cremation will follow at Rural Crematory in Worcester. Calling hours are prior to services on Saturday in the funeral home from 10 to noon.

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

                                                                                OUTDOOR AND WILDLIFE-RELATED HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS


Now is the time to consider a wildlife-related gift for the outdoor or wildlife enthusiast on your holiday list! The following suggestions from the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) are suitable gifts to consider for all ages.

A 2-year subscription to Massachusetts Wildlife magazine ($10) delivers eight full-color issues of the Commonwealth's best wildlife publication. For the budding conservationist, try a copy of the Critters of Massachusetts book ($5). Critters is a great gift for the curious youngster or the beginning adult naturalist with an interest in backyard wildlife and beyond. For the more advanced naturalist, the Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies ($20) or A Field Guide to the Animals of Vernal Pools ($12) might be just the ticket. In-depth descriptions and detailed photographs help the reader identify and learn more about these creatures. For the budding herpetologist, there are a couple of options: The Field Guide to the Reptiles of Massachusetts features information on breeding, feeding habits, range, habitat, and conservation issues. This unique issue of the Massachusetts Wildlife Magazine is $3 per copy and also offers spectacular color photos of the various species, including color and pattern morphs of those species with variations and a list of key features that allows you to identify any native snake or turtle (except sea turtles) found in the Bay State. The turtle enthusiast in your life may also enjoy the Introduction to the Threatened Turtles of Massachusetts ($5), a video available from the DFW’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. More information is found at: www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/publications/publications_home.htm, or call the Westborough Field Headquarters at (508) 389-6300.

The sportsman or sportswoman in your life will appreciate a 2012, hunting, fishing, or sporting (combination) license and any stamps they will need. New this year, freshwater fishing licenses for minors ages 15-17 years of age are free! (Minors under 15 do not need a license to fish.) 2012 licenses are available for sale online or through license vendors throughout the state. License purchases support the DFW and its wildlife conservation, management and restoration of wildlife, and wildlife habitat protection programs in Massachusetts. Information on purchasing a license online or through a license vendor can be found at:


Give them the gift of the outdoors! Purchase a gift certificate for one of the 2012 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, workshops. Workshops on skills such as animal tracking, shooting, fishing, kayaking, and photography are designed for adults and families new to that particular skill. The 2012 schedule of workshops will be posted in January. For more information, visit: www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/education/bow/bow_home.htm. A terrific outdoor experience for teen girls and boys, 13-17 years old, is the Junior Conservation Camp, a 2-week overnight camp session packed with outdoor skills learning such as shooting, fishing, canoeing, and camping and field trips with biologists. The camp is located in Chesterfield and will be held in August. A link about the camp is at:  www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/education/jr_conservation_camp.htm.


For the person who has everything, make a donation in his or her name to support one of the following two funds. Wildlife habitat protection can supported by donating to the Wildlands Fund, a fund dedicated to acquiring important wildlife habitat open to wildlife-related recreation. Send the honoree’s name with a check made out to “Comm. of MA – DFW Wildlands Fund” and send it to: DFW Wildlands Fund, DFW Field HQ, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581. Visit www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/habitat/protection/wildlands_funding.htmfor more information. The Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Fundsupports efforts to protect rare and endangered wildlife. A donation in the form of a check made out to “Comm. of MA – NHESP” can also be sent to the DFW Field HQ, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581. More information about this fund is at: www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/nhesp/nhesp_support.htm.


December 1, 2011 Announcing

Second Annual Holiday Lighting Contest

Sponsored by the Southborough News and its advertisers


Got Lights?  Why not send a photo to editor@southboroughnews.com

All photos should be submitted by 6:00 PM Friday December 16, 2011


Photos will be posted on the Southborough News beginning Saturday December 17

Voting will take place as soon as the photos are up. Voting will close Thursday December 22, 2011. 


The winners will be announced Friday December 23, 2011.


First prize $50 gift card

Two Runners up will receive a $25 gift card


The Southborough News will match those with a $100.00 donation to the Southborough Food Pantry.


To vote send an email to editor@southboroughnews.com (when photos are posted they will have assigned numbers), please vote for the photo by putting the correct number in your email. 


Thanks and have a great holiday.


Girl Scout Town Wide Holiday Sing Along and Gift Drive

Friday, Dec. 2  7:00-7:45

Southborough Community House

Open to all Southborough Girl Scouts and their families. Join us to sing in the holidays and light up holiday lights at the Community House. Also, bring along an unwrapped gift for the Southborough Fire Station gift drive.

Painting Class at the Senior Center

December 1, 2011 - Lots of activities go on at the Southborough Senior center such as this painting class earlier this week.



  State House with skyline

Advocates, We need you to ACT Contact Governor Patrick!


Over the past 18 months, Secretary of Elder Affairs Ann Hartstein, along with our own President and CEO Jim Wessler,  have co-chaired the Massachusetts Alzheimer's State Plan Steering Committee.  This committee, made up of dedicated medical and social service professionals, family members and persons coping with Alzheimer's disease, has worked in harmony to craft a set of recommendations for an Alzheimer's State Plan.  These recommendations come directly from the thousands of comments, opinions and interviews from Massachusetts residents that the Steering Committee helped collect from focus groups, listening sessions and on-line surveys.  A detailedstate plan, drafted by the Steering Committee and fine tuned over the past month, has been created to address Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in the Commonwealth.


We have recently learned that the draft plan is "stuck" at the executive branch, with concerns voiced over a detailed plan, but we are committed to presenting an effective and meaningful plan to the Governor for his approval.


Now it is up to you, Alzheimer's' Advocates, to let Governor Patrick know that Massachusetts needs this Alzheimer's State Plan, a blueprint and roadmap for the Commonwealth to prepare for the dramatic increase in people coping with Alzheimer's disease.


Please call Governor Patrick's office toll-free at 888.870.7770. or click here to send an online message.


Please tell the staff member who answers the phone the following:


  • I am a resident of Massachusetts and I care about Alzheimer's disease and the 120,000 plus families it affects here today.  This number is going to grow dramatically as the Baby Boomers age into retirement.

  • I want Governor Patrick to begin implementing the comprehensive Alzheimer's State Plan that has been developed and is awaiting his approval. We need a comprehensive plan, that will really make a difference.


Please thank the staff member for their time and do leave your name and address.


These calls DO make a difference!


Thank you.


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Jennifer Carter
Manager, Advocacy & Community Relations

Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter


Please call Governor Patrick's office toll-free at 888.870.7770. or click here to send an online message.


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Artist Talk

Ghost Orchid Don't miss Ghost Orchids, an artist talk and reception by Scottish glass artist Siobhan Healy, on Friday, December 2, at 4:00 pm, in the Glass Flowers gallery. Learn how Healy creates a subtle and thought-provoking piece inspired by the Ghost Orchid (Epipogium aphyllum), a rare British wild flower recently rediscovered after it was thought to be extinct for 23 years. Reception to follow. Regular admission prices apply. Free parking available in the 52 Oxford Street garage.

Photo of glass flower model courtesy of Siobhan Healy.



Author Talk and Booksigning

Ghost Orchid On Tuesday, December 13, at 6:00 pm, join us for Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed, an author talk and booksigning with Carl Zimmer. Showcasing hundreds of eye-catching tattoos that pay tribute to various scientific disciplines, from evolutionary biology to astrophysics-Zimmer will reveal the stories of individuals who express their science passions through body art. Free and open to the public, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street. Free parking available in the 52 Oxford Street garage.



Special Event

Celebrate the winter solstice during extended hours at the museum at Relics: Travels in Nature's Time Machine Winter Solstice Night at the Museum and Revels' Headgear Gallery Performance. In collaboration with The Christmas Revels, the Pinewoods Morris Men will perform the traditional Abbots Bromley Horn Dance in the museum's Headgear: The Natural History of Horns and Antlers gallery at 6:00 pm. Extended hours from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. 


All Christmas Revels ticket holders will be admitted free for Winter Solstice Night at the Museum in advance of the 7:30 pm curtain at Sanders Theatre just down Oxford Street. Regular admission prices apply for non-Revels ticket holders.



Kids Class

KIds Class

Explore the underwater world in Capturing Tidepool Animals with Pencil and Paper, on Saturday, December 10, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Students ages 9-13 will use close observation of animal forms and essential adaptations of both museum specimens and live animals.
Fees: $30 nonmembers/$27 members.  


Save $5 per class when booking three or more classes at once. Register at 617.495.2341 or reservations@hmnh.harvard.edu.
Photo by Tony Rinaldo.


Members Behind-the-Scenes

While tours are full for the Members Behind-the-Scenes of the Malacology Department on Thursday, December 8, from 5:00 to 8:30 pm, members are still welcome to join us for cider and cookies and to take advantage of a 25% member discount at the museum shop during the month of December. Free parking available in the 52 Oxford Street garage.
Learn about membership benefits.
Photo of Sea Slug by Marli Wakeling



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                        SOUTHBOROUGH FIRE DEPARTMENT

                                DAILY LOG


Tuesday 11/22/11




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Wednesday 11/23/11




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Thursday 11/24/11






Friday 11/25/11



    A28  FF ASPESI       FF WILLS

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Saturday 11/26/11



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    E23  LT DANO         FF STRONG



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Sunday 11/27/11



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Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

SWAP Shop Gets a Reprieve

November 30, 2011

On November 22, 2011 the DPW Superintendent advised the Board of Selectmen of her decision to close the area at the transfer station known as the “swap shop” effective December 1, 2011 due to continuing problems affecting the operation and safety of the recycling area and citizens using it. The Board expressed support of her decision. As Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, and given the inability to have a meeting of the full Board, I now believe it would be in the best interest of the Town, as a whole, to delay the closing of the “swap shop” facility. I have therefore directed the DPW Superintendent to delay closing until the end of business on Saturday January 7, 2012. I have suggested the Superintendent, at her discretion, take steps as soon as possible, including parking limits, to attempt to improve the safety and other issues in the recycle

area. I have put discussion of the “swap shop” closure on the Board of Selectmen Agenda for Tuesday January 3, 2012 to allow for full participation by the Board and time to investigate alternatives. A specific time for the discussion will be posted at a later date. The Board of Selectmen have received the petitions, e-mail messages, and various other

communications, including several possible alternatives, from concerned citizens and are reviewing those as well as any other recommendations that come forward.

Bill Boland

Chairman, Board of Selectmen


     DPU Holds Public Hearing in Southborough

National Grid President Marcy Reed

     November 30, 2011 Linda Hubley - Some staggering numbers were given out by National Grid President Marcy Reed last night addressed a slim crowd that had turned out for one of several public hearings being held by the MA DPU.  The hearings are for residents/customers, State and Public officials to voice their concerns over how the utility companies have handled restoring power after the two major storms (Tropical Storm Irene and the Snowstorm of October 29, 2011).


     During Irene, 170 out of 172 cities and towns that National Grid serves were impacted with ten communities nearly entirely out of power.  518,000 National Grid customers in Massachusetts lost power at one time or another which is over 40% of their customers. Six million customers lost power in eleven states.


     During the snowstorm, 420,000 National Grid customers lost power.  Thirty-Eight of the communities served lost 90% of customer power.  There were three million homes and businesses without power from Maryland to Maine.  Over 600 utility crews from out of state responded to Massachusetts.


Storm                    Poles replaced  transformers replaced   electric cable replaced   wires down reports

Irene                     230                         130+                                      17,000’                                  12,000

Snow                     155                         65                                           13,000’                                  20,000


     Both storms were classified as Level 5 which is National Grid’s highest level in their Emergency Restoration Plans.   These two Level 5 storms events came in within nine weeks of each other.  Prior to the Tropical Storm, National Grid attempted to mitigate any potential restoration process by bringing in crews from other regions and staging personnel and equipment around the state.  However, she admitted that due to the storms intensity and widespread area of destruction, many crews from along the eastern seaboard that they would naturally call were themselves getting prepared for when the storms hit their states.  Inevitably crews ended up coming from Texas, Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin and Canada, which took longer to reach Massachusetts.   Ms Reed said the snowstorm was heavy and wet snow layering the still leaved out trees down on wires.   


     In the lessons learned Ms Reed said that they would work on a better mutual aid package with other states, they would work on the communications issues addressed by MEMA, local police and fire and the State Police.  Safety is a concern for both their employees and the public.  National Grid utilized their gas supply personnel to stand by downed power lines, GPS tracking systems for their contractors and better explanations of the process of restoring power from the main lines out.


     State Representative, Carolyn Dykema said she would like to see better communications taking place between the power companies and the local towns.  Representative Dykema would like the utilities to check into alternative power feeds such as undergrounding the wires.   Attorney General’s Office Representative Jim Stetson reminded all that the weather is unpredictable but that National Grid needs to improve on their response to restoration and that their office had heard there was lack of communication between local emergency response teams such as fire and police and the Grid.    The Attorney General’s office would like to hear complaints.  For example if you called to report an outage or wire down, what was your response from the company?  How long did it take for restoration? Would like to know if this is a staffing level concern or lack of tree trimming that contributed to such long power outages.  Mr. Stetson also reminded the public that this is just the start of the investigation and that only after extensive hearings will we know the answers and to be patient.


     Southborough Selectman Bill Boland commended National Grid for their communication improvements during the snowstorm incident vs. the tropical storm incident.  He said the biggest improvement was to have a National Grid employee embedded within the Emergency Operations Center.  Mr. Boland participated in conference calls with National Grid which he said enhanced his understanding of the power restoration process.  He did end his statements by saying as companies gobble other companies and get bigger and National Grid being owned by an out of country team that maybe sometimes staffing, tree trimming and local management get overlooked or not taken as seriously.  He also recommended that the substation on Northborough Road maybe needs upgrading as we have had so many power feed losses from there.

Southborough’s Emergency Preparedness officer, Neal Aspesi, followed Mr. Boland by saying that he too saw a big improvement in communications between the two storms.  But he also saw other problems.  One big problem is that when the town loses power – we lose phone lines, fax machines, emails, and ability of 911 and reverse 911, servers, fire alarms and the ability for residents and businesses to call in emergencies.  He reminded the Grid that in years past phone systems was copper but now with the fiber optics electricity is needed to run all these things.  Southborough had shelters, senior citizen center, Colonial Gardens, hotels, St. Mark’s and Fay School that all depend on these and needed firewatch.  He stated that after the power was restored during Irene that the fax machine started to spit out numerous faxes from the Grid that was of little use because of the dated material.  Firefighter Aspesi said that they need to address their tree trimming program and that during the conference calls he felt that National Grid was overwhelmed but never said as much and the town needs to know these facts that if indeed the power is going to be out longer let them know so that the town can accommodate its citizens and shelters.


     Although he knows that this next recommendation may be hard to do, he suggested having mixed crews stand by in major storms.  Aspesi recommended that the crews consist of a tree trimming crew, line truck and a Verizon company official.  In his ending comments he said that this storm with the power out, people felt the cold even inside their homes and sought shelter elsewhere or toughed it out but that he wanted the utility company to understand that in their restoring power they also hold people’s lives in their hands that they should not think of themselves as just a utility company.

The public was then allowed to speak.  Louise Barron of Sadie Hutt Lane spoke angrily about National Grid.  She wanted them to cover expenses of lost food and hotel expenses.  Ms Barron stated that she would like to see National Grid gone from Southborough and fined heavily for the power loss.  One other resident said that he would like to see much more tree trimming around the power lines and better planning for roads blocked by trees and wires.  He knew of many people caught in traffic for the route 30 tree that had fallen across by Firman Ave and had taken nearly a week to clear out.


The meeting was closed. 

State Representative Carolyn Dykema

Selectman Bill Boland address DPU Commissioner

Southborojugh Emergency Preparedness Director Neal Aspesi

Southborough Resident Louise Barron


Southborough Notes

Southborough Selectmen at their last meeting agreed on placing a truck ban on Gilmore Road a winding narrow road that connects Parkerville Road in the corner of southwest Southborough with Flanders Road in Westborough.


Selectmen also accepted the resignation of Town Engineer John Woodsmall who has taken a position as DPW Director for the Town of Holden, MA.


Southborough police on their facebook page has posted information pertaining to a house break in the northwest section of town around Main Street and the Route 495 overpass earlier today.  In the facebook statement police say an unknown suspect (s) forced their way in through the front door of the residence and took several items (including jewelry and electronics) from the home.  If you have any information that may be useful in helping to solve this B & E, please contact the police department at 508-485-2121.  Also, if you have been following our posts, you'll notice that this type of crime is increasing slightly.  This is usually the case for this time of the year as the holidays are approaching and stolen goods are turned in for cash.  We will continue to investigate this crime and want to reassure everyone that we are committed to keeping our residents safe.  We ask that you be vigilant in reporting any type of suspicious activity around town.


On November 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm Southborough officers responded to a report of a suspicious male, hanging around the outside of an abandoned house on Oak Hill Road.  Responding officers located the male, coming from the back of the abandoned home upon their arrival.  Officers found the residence and the neighboring vacant home had been broken into, and observed that several copper pipes, fixtures, and wires were gathered together to be taken from the house.  Robert Alberini of Woodland Road, Ashland, MA was arrested and charged with B & E in the daytime with intent to commit a felony; trespassing; and malicious destruction of property.




 Marlborough, MA (November 29, 2011) --Marlborough Hospital will light the hospital’s “Tree of Light” at 5 pm on Thursday, December 15. Guests will gather in the Leahy Conference Room for some holiday refreshments and the fourth grade chorus at the Whitcomb School will provide entertainment.

This year, Karen Moore, MS, FACHE, Marlborough Hospital’s new president and CEO will "light" the tree. Ms. Moore began her new position at the end of November.

The Tree of Light will be decorated with angels, shining stars, snowflakes and twinkling lights. The lights and decorations are gifts from patients, family members, employees and friends of the hospital. An “angel” may be purchased in memory of a loved one or a “shining star” can be purchased in honor of a physician, nurse or any hospital employee who provided compassionate care to a patient or a family member.  Snowflakes and lights represent gratefulness to the hospital for care or simply as a “thank you” to the hospital for being here in the community.


Since 1890, Marlborough Hospital has provided quality and compassionate care to the residents of the community. The Tree of Light represents the patients, the hospital staff and the members of the community that the hospital has served for 120 years.


For more information about purchasing an ornament or to learn more about the 11th Annual Tree of Light, contact Ellen Carlucci, director of development at Marlborough Hospital 508-486-5807.


Come Support the Teams

Assabet Students do not pay to participate in sports - the Boosters raise the money so that they are allowed to play - this is such a big help and a burden off of the parent's shoulders



Southborough Youth Will Be in Chorus




Left - Jen Piekarz (contributed photo)

State Agriculture Budget Hearings Scheduled

A reminder to Massachusetts agricultural stakeholders of two upcoming budget hearings where you may have the opportunity to show support for the MDAR programs and services of greatest importance to YOU.  Please see dates and times below. Written comment can also be submitted (see details):


The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) will hold 2 hearings to allow interested parties to provide their comments as part of our Fiscal Year 2013 recommendation process.


BOSTON:   Thursday, December 1, 2011

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

100 Cambridge Street, Boston, 2nd floor

Conference Room C-D (please bring a picture I.D. for building security)


PITTSFIELD:  Thursday, December 15th, 2011

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

DCR’s Regional Headquarters Building

740 South Street, Pittsfield, Main Conference Room


Written comment is encouraged prior to the hearing.  Interested parties may also submit written comments at the hearing or through the close of business on December 22.  Please address them to:


Richard K. Sullivan, Secretary


Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs,

100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900

Boston, MA 02114 

Happy holiday plants!


Fill your home with the natural fragrance of plants and greenery.  


Poinsettias, Cyclamen,
Hydrangeas, Christmas Cactus, Amaryllis,

Mini-poinsettias, Paperwhite Bulbs



Poinsettias-all colors!

White Hydrangea

White Hydrangeas



Amaryllis Bulbs


Bulbs-start now!


Christmas Cactus in Greenhouse

Our own

Christmas Cactus


Cyclamen in Greenhouse

Beautiful Cyclamen


mini points

Cyclamen and Poinsettias


Gulbankian Farms Garden Center & Florist Shop

40 Mt. Vickery Rd. Southborough, MA 01772
Tel:  508-485-8979


Belmont Chapel, St. Mark's School
December 11, 2011
*5:00-6:00pm Service
6:00-6:30 Reception in Hinkle Room


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On behalf of our students, faculty, and staff, St. Mark's invites you and your family to join us for this wonderful event on Sunday, December 11, 2011 in Belmont Chapel. 

Immediately following the service there will be a reception in the Hinkle Room.  Hope to see you there!

**This is a first come-first served event.  Seating is limited.  Doors will open at 4:30pm*

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School Goes to the Super Bowl

Southborough Sophomores Tommy Walsh, Chris Dupuis and Jared Hagopian will be a part of that team.  All three have been playing football for Assabet this year and are thrilled they will be playing in the 2011 Superbowl. Superbowl will be held at Fitchburg State College - 11 am - Saturday, December 3rd.


Rec logo - large

Recreation Report - Dec 2011


RAP - Ski

We still have room in the all (Neary, Woodward, Trottier)the ski programs.  Trottier has enough for the second bus; but if we get more to sign ups we may be able to make the second bus a coach!! Contact the office 508-229-4452 ask for Paula. 


Skate at St. Mark's Rink

St. Marks is having difficutlies with the rink and warm weather.  Please check the website and hotline for updates. Visit our website!


Red Cross Babysitting Class

There is a class scheduled for January 7, 9-3, $95. Register online or mail.  Register: Online or Mail


Sciensational Workshop-Robotic Workshop

Ages 7 to 2

December 27 and 28

Time: 9am to 4:30 pm

Cost $135/pp

Location:  South Union Building 

Register: Online or Mail

The All Terrain Tracker workshop - How about some land rover excitement. build and take home your very own all-Terrain Tracker Vehicle! It travels the rough terrain overcoming objects in its path. Sciensational Workshops will bring its own course for you to conquer. Sand Stones, Twigs, and ball will all be part of the challenge. How about a timed race? you will also learn about gears. work in a group with your new friends as you design a robot you can control. Build a sumo wrestler and be part of our battle box events. Loads of fun and education in store the Sciensational way! please pack a lunch, snacks, and drinks


Note: there is an additional fee for online registration - walk or mail is at no charge

Thank you!!

The 5th Annual Gobble Wobble Road Race was a huge success.  The Friends of Southboro Recreation did a fanstistic job.  This year we registered over 1000!!  Thank you to all who participated, I hope you all had fun.

I would like to send out a heartfelt appreciation to Melissa Shields who single handedly raised all the sponsorships for this years race and coordinated every detail.  Melissa, you are the best and recreation is lucky to have your support.  Thank you!

I would also like to thank all the volunteers.  This is a huge event and we couldn't have done it without you.



In This Issue

Save the Date

Program Highlights


Save The Date! 


Santa Day

Saturday, 12/3, 12-3

Join Kindergroup for a Southborough classic!  Santa and his elves will fly into town via helicopter. 





Program Highlights!


New York City Day Trip

Cost $59 

Saturday, December 10



Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Day Trip to Providence, RI

Cost $149

Sunday, December 18



Sciensational Workshop 

Robotic Workshop, Ages 7-12

December 27 & 28

South Union Building

9-4:30pm, $135 fee



Open Gym at Trottier

Drop in fee $2 per person

Tuesday, 12/27, 9-12 noon

Wednesday, 12/28, 9-12 noon

Thursday, 12/29, 9-12 noon








Petition to Keep the Swap Shop Open

November 28, 2011  - Margarite Landry officially turned in the signatures at the Town Clerk's office this morning.  She and others were able to collect in a short time since hearing only Tuesday night that Selectmen had voted to close the recycle shop.  Residents have become outraged that the beloved shop is closing.  The Swap Shop is part of the social fabric of Southborough and has provided a tool for people to drop off items in good condition for others to use and to maybe pick up an item or two that they can use around their home, yard, second home, college or families in need.  The signatures totaled over 700 names and addresses of residents.





What about this stretch of weather we have had with temperatures reaching into the sixties.  Every morning lately there seems to be a surprisingly beautiful sunrise complimented by a just as equal sunset.  The region should see cooler and more normal temperatures later this week with some fairly heavy rain midweek.  Tennessee is in the 30's and snowing.  Upside down weather.

A "Messiah Sing" by Assabet Valley Mastersingers

A “Messiah Sing” will be presented by the ASSABET VALLEY MASTERSINGERS on Sunday, December 11th at 3:30 PM.  The Christmas portion of Handel’s oratorio in addition to the “Hallelujah Chorus” will be sung at Trinity Church, 23 Main Street (Route 20) at Hudson Street in Northborough.


Those in attendance will be invited to join with members of the chorus, sitting in sections according to voice part.  Generally all participants greatly enjoy this beloved tradition of the Christmas season.  Organist Brett Maguire will provide accompaniment, and vocal soloists will be soprano Leslie Leedberg, mezzo Catherine Hedberg, tenor Joshua Kohl, and bass-baritone Seth Grondin.   Robert P. Eaton, Artistic Director of the ASSABET VALLEY MASTERSINGERS, will direct the ensemble. 


Some scores are available to share, although participants are urged to bring their own, if possible. Those people who would prefer to listen are also welcome.


A suggested donation of $10 is desired. Guests will be invited to share refreshments following the “sing”.  For further information call (978)-562-9838 or search www.avmsingers.org


From our Sister News Site:  www.hopnews.com

November 28, 2011 — Firefighters responded to an East Main Street home and quickly extinguished a fire that originated in the kitchen. Ashland also responded with their ladder truck, and Southborough covered the station. There were no injuries.



From the Police News

Armed Home Invasion

November 23, 2011

3:55 am A Lincoln Street resident calling from a neighbor's home where he ran after freeing himself, reported that four men (probably Caucasian) wearing hoodies & masks, each armed with a rifle and/or shotgun, broke into his home. They tied up the victim and his mother, took the home phones and stole personal electronics. The only vehicle description is "a van" although it wasn't seen by the victim. One suspect told another to "put the stuff in the van." All units were notified, as well as area towns and State Police, who sent the Crime Services unit.


Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Free Skate at St. Mark's

November 28, 2011 - As the hours of the free skate at St. Mark's continued, so did the crowd as more and more young skaters showed up to enjoy the afternoon skating courtesy of the Southborough Recreation Department and St. Mark's School.


Petition to be Presented to Selectmen asking the Swap Shop Stay Open

The Saga will continue about the Swap Shop closing, as residents spent the the time since last Tuesday gathering signatures (over several hundred signatures just on Saturday alone) for the shop to stay open.  Signature gatherers tell me that nearly everyone that entered the transfer station gladly signed it.  They said some were shocked and angered to hear of its closing and upset that it was not listed on the Selectmen's agenda. Many recounted stories of what they had been able to pick up and use from furnishing their children's college dorms, swapping out books, enlightening their children on sharing and recycling and helping people out in need.  And as I'd mentioned in my earlier article, many people are concerned with what to do with their still useful items.  Many do not want to just throw them in the bin for many reasons including they don't want to see the town paying for extra waste weight due to no more recycling within the swap shop.  The petition will be presented to the Selectmen this week.  Townspeople hope that the closing of the swap shop will be reconsidered and brought up at a public meeting.


William Boland

Daniel Kolenda

John Rooney

Southborough Board of Selectmen

Town House

Southborough, MA 01772


28 November, 2011


RE: Continued Operation of Swap Shop at DPW Transfer Station


Dear Selectmen Boland, Kolenda and Rooney,


Enclosed please find our petition of approximately 700 Southborough residents’ signatures in favor of the continued operation of the Transfer Station’s Swap Shop. We the undersigned request that the Swap Shop be kept operating for residents’ use.


We also request that you hold a publicly announced, open-forum meeting of the residents, selectmen and DPW,  as soon as it is possible, to discuss rules and regulations for the operation of the Swap Shop that will be acceptable to both residents and the Town.


We further request that a plan acceptable to both residents and Town be implemented to ensure optimal continued operation of the Swap Shop in the future.


We believe that the Swap Shop is one of the primary recycling operations in this community, and an important service to taxpayers, which they are entitled to.


Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.




Residents of Southborough


cc. Karen Galligan, Supt. Department of Public Works


Thank You

November 27, 2011 - Dan Kolenda, Robert Braccio and Deb Dep-Wilson greeted all that donated items at the Gobble Wobble that are  to be shipped overseas for troops.

Southborough Senior Center Activities








9:00 Dr. Cooper

9:00 Health Clinic

9:30 Cribbage

12:00 Blue Plate Special

2:45 Fitness







7:45 Walking Group

9:30 Tai Chi

11:00 Senior Singers

12:00 Ping Pong

12:00 pitch

1:00 Waters Aerobics





9:00  Health Clinic

9:00 Yoga

9:30 Ernie the Barber

9:30 Pool

10:00 Creative Writers

12:00 Planning to stay in your home as you age

2:45 Fitness







9:30 Mah Jongg

10:00 Beginner Tai Chi

12:00 Bridge

12:00 Pitch









10:00 Canasta

10:30 Woodward School CARE Assembly

11:30 Movie and Lunch











9:00 Center open Saturday hours













Sunday  27

Monday 28

Tuesday 29

Wednesday 30

Thursday 1

Friday 2

Saturday 3













Annual Christmas Tree Decorating Party
Dec 03  10:30 AM  


















November 28 - December 2, 2011





Drafting Committee for Town Manager Legislation - Agenda

Nov 28

7:00 PM

Room A, Cordaville Hall, 9 Cordaville Road

Zoning Board of Appeals - Agenda

Nov 30

7:30 PM

McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House

Conservation Commission - Agenda

Dec 1

7:30 PM

McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House

Northborough/Southborough School Committee Policy Development - Agenda

Dec 1

4:00 PM

Office of the Superintendent, 53 Parkerville Road

Personnel Board - Agenda

Dec 1

7:00 pm

Room B, Cordaville Hall, 9 Cordaville Road

Southborough School Committee Policy Development - Agenda

Dec 1

3:00 pm

Country Kitchen, Cordaville Hall, 9 Cordaville Road

Southborough Scholarship Committee - Agenda

Dec 2

7:00 PM

Country Kitchen, Cordaville Hall, 9 Cordaville Road

Board of Commissioners of Trust Fund - Agenda

Dec 6

5:00 PM

First floor Conference Room, Town House

Youth Commission - Agenda

Dec 6

7:00 PM

Fayville Village Hall, 42 Central Street


Details Coming this Week on the Second Annual Holiday Lighting Contest sponsored by the Southborough News and its advertisers.


National Grid Utility Hearing to discuss both storms
Tuesday, November 29th,
7:00 pm
Trottier Middle School
49 Parkerville Road


Just a short editorial about power outages in general around this area..  New England is a heavily forested environment.  I remember my mom always complaining to the power company not to cut her trees near the wires.  After the pruning they always looked silly with the big one way cut on the wire side.  So do we ask for all the trees within one hundred feet of wires to be taken down?  Listening to the various weather sources, they say our storms have become more frequent and more powerful.  With the leaves left on trees it provides a "sail" for trees.  Strong winds - especially those that bring heavy snowfall do the inevitable.  They bring down the branches and trees across the wires. 


Another thing to remember, is that to put the power infrastructure back to work there is always a starting point.  In a major outage like what we have seen this year.  They first have to make sure that there is power from the Highlines to the substations.  From there it is like a giant hub wheel.  They have to work out the major lines with the most customers.  If you happen to live on a street far from the main lines - you will most likely not be one of the first to get your power back on.  Primary wires are first followed by the secondary wires.  I am not an expert but I've listened to this reasoning now for a number of years and it makes sense.


My friends down south, especially those that live in Florida or in the midwest with the tornado ally have called us New Englanders wooses for not being prepared for such storms.  It is very simple and there are a number of websites available to help you put ready kits together or be prepared.  Not only for yourselves but for your pets too.  Southborough Animal Disaster Preparedness  Southborough CERT MRC  www.ready.gov and Massachusetts Emergency Management just to name a few.  Linda Hubley


Grace (Porriello) Daley, 66, of Northborough died at home on November 24, 2011 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Her loving husband of 41 years, William J. Daley, died this past April. She leaves two daughters, Patricia Hollyer and her husband Christian of Shrewsbury; Nicole Morrissey and her husband Patrick of Southborough; four grandchildren, Marissa, Joshua, Catherine, and Michael; a sister, Patricia Kenefick of Southington, CT and her husband Francis; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Aufsesser of South Salem, NY; and many nieces and nephews. Grace is predeceased by her sister, Susan Porriello Aufesser. She was born in Waterbury, CT and raised in Southington, CT. She is the daughter of the late Pasqual and Elizabeth (Margarella) Porriello. Grace lived in Northborough for the past 34 years. Mrs. Daley graduated from Quinsigamond Community College with an Associate Degree in Accounting. Grace worked as a Senior Analyst for National Grid in Westborough for over 20 years. She was a former varsity cheerleading coach at Algonquin Regional High School. Mrs. Daley was active in community affairs including her volunteer work for Habitat For Humanity. She also raised thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society .

Grace's funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 11 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Church, 244 West Main St., Northborough. There are no calling hours. Burial will be private. Please omit flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the
American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, or at www.cancer.org. Hays Funeral Home of Northborough is assisting the family with arrangements. For online condolences, please visit



Hector Dennison Petri, 89, of Northborough, Mass., and formerly a long time resident of Framingham, Mass., died Saturday, (October 1, 2011) at Beaumont Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Northborough.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, (December 3, 2011) at Trinity Church in the Chapel, 520 South Main Street, Geneva. Burial will be private in Glenwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent in his memory to: Hobart & William Smith Colleges' Annual Fund, 615 South Main Street, Geneva, N.Y. 14456.
Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Gunther Hector and Gertrude (Bement) Petri Dennison. He was the devoted husband of Deborah Shepard Petri of 63 years. Mr. Petri served in WWII from 1942 to 1945. As a second Lieutenant, he navigated 23 missions aboard the B-24 Bangin' Lulu with the 704th Bomb Squadron, in the 446th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force based in Flixton, England. Mr. Petri moved from Geneva to Framingham in 1950 to begin his career at United Carr Fasteners in engineering and sales management. During his lifetime, he founded two companies; Petri & Jones in 1970 to represent manufacturers of custom components, and Device Technologies in 1984 to manufacture and market over 20 of his patented products and processes. He attended The Dexter School, The Arnold School, and graduated from Hobart College in 1949 earning a degree in chemistry. He was a member of the 446th Bomb Group Association, Inc., the Kappa Alpha Fraternity, the Schussverein Ski Club of Bartlett, N.H., and the Historical Society of Grand Lake Stream, Maine. He enjoyed sailing, skiing, fishing, gardening, and spending time at the Dobsis Club camp in Maine.
In addition to his wife he is survived by his children, Anne Seline and her husband Harvey of Bedminster, N.J.; James Petri and his wife Alison of Bolton, Mass.; Nicholas Petri and his wife Robin of Framingham, Mass.; Ogden Petri of Northborough, Mass.; his grandchildren, Hannah Petri of St. Louis, Mo.; Samuel Petri of Jackson, Wyo.; Carolyn Petri of Millbrook, N.Y.; Nicholas Petri, Jr. of Boston, Mass.; Margaret Petri of Washington, D.C.; his step-grandchildren, Jennifer (Huff) Kincaid and her husband Ian of Hardwick, N.J.; Jessica LaSusa and her husband Michael of Chester, N.J.; his step great grandchildren, Ashley, Emily and Jessica Huff, Carter and Thaddeus LaSusa.
He is predeceased by his siblings Henry Petri, Camillo Petri and Ellanor Robbins.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St. Southborough, Mass. (Morrisfuneralparlor.com)

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com


Monday 28‐Nov 1 to 3pm Southborough Free Skate @ St. Mark's


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