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December 4, 2011 - December 10, 2011

Southborough Medical Collects for Troops

December 10, 2011 - Volunteers commanded by Southborough favorite Bea set out today to package up the thousands of items collected for the troops overseas.  Bea started small in the medical records division with the collection but it spread to all of Southborough Medical including the patients.  Many patients wrote or made cards for the troops that were all placed in the boxes today.  A total of 47 boxes were shipped out!!


Looking for Trees?

Wolf Hill Farm - Cut your own

30 Jericho Hill Road, Southborough

Holmes Tree Farm

244 Flanders Road, Westborough right at Southville Road, Southborough MA town line

Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop

Corner of Mt. Vickery Road and Cordaville Road, Southborough

Southborough Fire Department - Main Street


School News

Algonquin Regional High School

Upcoming Events

12/13 Mid-Point Term 2
12/16 Championship Signs Silent Auction

12/21 Improv Night 7pm Small Theatre

12/22 Holiday Concert

12/23 Half Day for Students

12/23 Winter Ball, 7-11pm Best Western

12/24 - 1/2 Winter Vacation

1/3 Students Return

Hey everyone,

Just a reminder, The Recovery Connection will be closed on Saturday, December 24th. We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

We will re-open on Monday, December 26th @ 8:00AM.

-The Recovery Connection members and staff

The Recovery Connection's annual White Elephant Grab Event is next Monday, December 19th @ 2:30PM.

Come join us for this great holiday gift-swapping event. Bring a gift from home that you don't use anymore (please do not go out and purchase a new gift) and enter into the yankee swap style gift exchange and enjoy quality time with your peers!

Hope to see everyone there!

-The Recovery Connection staff and members


The Recovery Connection

31 Main Street, Marlborough, MA 01752

(508) 485-0298


From the Selectmen’s Meeting.

Approved consent agenda items, merit increases, agendas, pilot donations, Harvard donation, Library donations, appoint Phillip P. Silva to Green Technology Recycle Committee, approve access to town roads for two upcoming 2012 races for Max Performance.  Approved various licenses for Southborough businesses.   Administrative Assistant, Jean Kitchen and Brian Ballentine, Town Treasurer, have started to meet with Department heads in regards to budgets.  They want to see more detail in the budget plans from Department heads for future meetings.  MA Housing, according to Jean Kitchen, did something not done before by letting the proponent of the Chapter 40 B Madison Place submit supplemental plans to them prior to sending them to the Town of Southborough and has issued an eligibility letter to them.  The original application was incomplete and the town has not reviewed the new plans to comment on.   The Town has written a letter to the State protesting the approval and requesting a thirty day review.  Madison Place is proposed for behind the gas station at route 9 eastbound between Coslin Drive and Crystal Pond Road.  The complex would have eleven three story apartments with 140 units of which 35 would be affordable units.  Selectmen earlier this year when presented with the preliminary plans had concerns about water, traffic, how the property is isolated from the majority of the town (ie no sidewalks or crossways to north of 9 or the schools and playgrounds and several other items associated with such a large complex.

A resident would like to rehab the spokes of the cannon on the Common, , it was approved. Jean Kitchen said that they have started to look at new rate saver plans (higher deductibles) and the GIC at an earlier insurance advisory committee meeting.  This will start the process for future discussions for section 21 – 23.

Cemetery Regulations have been changed by taking away call time from several cemetery employees for Saturday work.  No longer will employees be on call.  The new rules and regulations will be in conjunction with the union contract. DPW Director Karen Galligan brought the proposal forth to Selectmen after having it checked by Town Counsel.  A person will be required to use a funeral director. There will be no holiday or Sunday internments.  Normal hours will be 7:30 to 2:30 for funeral on a weekday no extra fees, after those hours there will be a premium.  Monday burials you must notify the cemetery division by 10:00 am Friday, by 3:00 PM Thursdays for a Saturday burial.   For the Tuesday after a Monday holiday the division has to be notified by 10:00 am on Friday.  Tuesday burials after the holiday will start at 11:00 am.  Another requirement will have persons buying a lot fill out information on who they are buying the lot for.  Certain circumstances exist in getting a burial permit within this town.  Selectman Kolenda and Mr. Morris said the days in advance wording is not appropriate.  Ms Galligan also said they are looking at a protocol for phone calls regarding burials as the employees at the Cemetery are not always in the office.  The DPW would like to get the information out to churches and funeral homes by January or February 2012. Discussion took place on whether to charge at a half hour rate or a flat fee. Morris Funeral Home Director, Steve Morris asked it would be billed direct to the family.  Funeral director goes over the funeral expenses and cash advances for items such as newspaper notices and lot openings.  Currently funeral homes pay the $600 opening fee, the town has to be paid in advance of burying someone which that payment is paid prior to the town for the burial.

Mr. Morris is also concerned about the timing if someone was to come in after the Friday 10:00 am cutoff.  He called that not fair to families in their time of mourning.  Mr. Morris also stated that during the weekdays the cemetery employees are already working in the cemetery yet there is the $600 opening fee since 2006.    Ms Galligan said it was a business just like planning for a wedding and it would be unfortunate for a family member to pass away and a family miss the Friday notification hour.   Ms Kitchen said they were paying four hours a day on weekends and holidays to be on call for burials when there really wasn’t much call for it.  Karen said that most surrounding towns follow the hours/days that the DPW has brought forth. 

Former Selectwoman, Bonnie Phaneuf said that a four day wait for a sudden death is not considerate for families.   Mr. Morris requested that the hours be extended to 2:00 pm Friday.  Selectman Boland said that the employees requested the earlier hours that were presented and that the town is trying to reduce budget deficits. “ Is there a provision to make arrangements at the families own expense?” Ms Phaneuf asked.  Ms Galligan said it would not be an issue on weekdays but on weekends especially long holiday weekends.

Mr. Morris asked about the tomb and why it can’t be used.  Ms Galligan said it has not been used in over eleven years.  They have tried to repair it but it is unavailable and that it is a stone tomb.  Morris replied that is what a tomb is.  Second question was asked if urn burials now require funeral directors for burials.  The answer yes, even preferably in a niche.  Mr. Morris requested that the Town put the rules out and give it to his funeral home and others once approved.   Mr. Morris said working with the Cemetery employees has been a pleasure but he is concerned about his customers as they come in during a time that is not pleasant with them and usually in distress .  Selectmen Kolenda and Boland voted for the new rules and regulations including a $250 flat fee.

Ms Phaneuf asked if the selectmen will confirm when the swap shop issue will be on the agenda.  It is scheduled for their January 3 meeting but no time has been allotted as yet.  Town Administrator Jean Kitchen said that she has been approached with the idea of a community forum on the swap shop.  Selectmen Boland said it would be fine if there was an outlet to have people in the community share suggestions or vent at the forum before coming before the selectmen first.  If a forum was to be held, Ms Phaneuf requested that DPW director Karen Galligan be present.   Ms Phaneuf has presented a warrant article in the spring town meeting.  She collected a petition with a hundred names requesting that the swap shop be open during the hours of the DPW recycle center.

Edward A. Pessolano, 88, of Canterbury, NH and formerly a long time resident of Southborough, died on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. He was the husband of Josephine F. (Lye) Pessolano for over 64 years. Born in Marlborough, he was the son of the late Anthony and Vita (Martucci) Pessolano. Mr. Pessolano was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the ETO. He landed in Normandy after the initial invasion, ending with occupation duty in Germany. When General Patton made his famous run into Belguim during the Battle of the Bulge, Ed was one of the many also making the historic run. Upon his discharge he worked in various machine shops and retired as a supervisor for Fenwal  Electronics . He was a member of St. Bernards Masonic Lodge for over 50 years, and served as District Deputy Grand Secretary. Ed was active in the Southborough Rod and Gun Club. He and his wife loved to travel. They especially enjoyed cruises. In addition to his wife he is survived by his son Michael Pessolano and his wife Janet of Canterbury, NH; 9 granddaughters; 1 grandson; and 7 great grandchildren. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, December 9, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough, (Morrisfuneralparlor.com) A Funeral Service will be held at 12, Noon, at St. Mark's Church, 27 Main St., Southborough. Burial will follow in the Southborough Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701.

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com


Rail Trail Fitness Hike/ Snowshoe







Fast-paced (2-2.5 mph) fitness hike/snowshoe on West Boylston Rail Trail. 5.4 mile loop on average terrain. Depending on the trail conditions, snowshoes and microspikes will be used; these are both requirements for all participants. Meet at the trailhead early afternoon and plan to complete before dark, but please bring headlamps just in case. Contact leader for details on meeting location and time. Screening/ pre-registration required.



December 15, 2011 (Thu)


West Boylston,  Massachusetts, Central,  MA



Offered By:

Worcester (Mass.)


Renee Pittelli

Registration is required for this activity. See contact above.

Toys for Tots Collection

December 9, 2011 - The Southborough Veterinary Hospital at 78 Deerfoot Road is collecting for the Toys for Tots Campaign.  Southborough Veterinary Hospital is your full service animal clinic offering nutrition advice, surgery, boarding for clients and much more.


 It's a good time to get a car wash. Don't forget to pick up some gift certificates or go on line and get the club plans available for you, a friend, relative or as a gift.  Choice Car Wash at 155a Boston Road.  And if not washing your car is enough:

·         Did you know that you get .10 cents off a gallon of gas when you purchase a car wash at the pump at Southboro Auto Tech (Gulf Station) right next to the car wash??


Southborough Shops Local

Open Studio



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.



Space Weather News for Dec. 9, 2011

LUNAR ECLIPSE: Sky watchers on the Pacific side of Earth should be alert for a total lunar eclipse on Saturday, Dec. 10th.  The disk of the full Moon will turn a beautiful shade of copper-red as it passes through Earth's shadow between 4:45 am and 8:18 am Pacific Standard Time (12:45 to 16:18 UT).  For observers in western parts of the USA and Canada, the event will be magnified by the Moon illusion as the morning Moon sets behind trees, buildings, and other foreground objects along the western horizon.  Please check http://spaceweather.com for more information and full coverage of the eclipse as it happens.

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In Control Crash Prevention

In Control Advanced Driver Training

In This Issue

Give the Gift of Training

Helping Future Drivers

Locations Update

Save Big $$$

Groups Save

Gift Certificates

 Gift Certificate

Full course gift certificate purchases may take advantage of the special Sullivan Tire offer or you can buy $50, $75 or $100 certificates to reduce the cost of training for a friend, employee or anyone on your list.


Buy gift certificates now 


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In Control is proud to have helped in the development of a new supervised driving guide to aide parents as they work with their permitted driver.  The workbooks will be available at your local RMV later this month and we will distribute a link to the online version as soon as it is made public. 


Coming to Western Massachusetts & Still Searching on South Shore


We will be visiting Western Massachusetts this week when we train in Westfield December 10th & 11th.


We continue to visit Worcester every other month and train weekdays & weekends in North Andover.


Last spring was our last visit to the South Shore and we have been working hard to find other locations.  We know that a drive to North Andover may not convenient, but we appreciate that over 1,000 South Shore families have made that trip this year.


We hope that you will not let any addition travel time stand in the way of training and encourage you to click the update profile link below to adjust your email subscription if you would like notifications about new locations or new dates at our previous locations.

With Fall sports programs ending, winter break and families getting together for the holidays, December is generally our busiest month of the year and a great time to give the gift of training to friends and family.  Thanks to Sullivan Tire's $100 discount offer (see below) 2011 is likely to be a record breaker. 


Last weekend AAA's Car Doctor, John Paul, interviewed In Control's President on his radio show.  If you are looking for a quick update on our program and some of the background history, we recommend you listen to this quick interview.


Please feel free to share through facebook, your personal or company websites, etc.  Gift certificates make great stocking stuffers and as John Paul put it, "A Nintendo game is never gonna save your life..."

AAA Car Doctor John Paul Interviews Dan Strollo President of In Control

AAA Car Doctor John Paul Interviews Dan Strollo President of In Control
(click above to hear)

We appreciate all your support and hope to see your friends, family and even a few of you re-training soon!


~The In Control Team
In Control Crash Prevention



Save100Save $100* Thanks to Sullivan Tire and Auto Service

Register for any class  or purchase a full course gift certificate by December 31, 2011 and pay only $250 for the first family member and $230 for each additional family member.  This discount cannot be combined with any other offer and should be shared with everyone you know!!!

Please consider taking advantage of this offer and bringing your whole family out to train with us, we promise both an important educational experience and some bonding moments that will not soon be forgotten.


A Huge Savings For Groups

Groups save anytime, families, friends, co-workers...everybody needs training.

If you can put a group of eight or more permitted or licensed drivers together, we will make sure everyone saves.  Additionally, the discount grows as the group grows.  There's still a few dates available around the holidays to fit in your group.  Contact Us  for details... 



Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Assabet Valley Regional Technical School


A Few New Rules

December 7, 2011 - The Southborough Swap shop will remain open until early January.  On January 3, 2012, Selectmen will take up the issue of whether or not to keep the Swap Shop open.  For now there are new 15 minute signs posted along the walkway of the recycle center.  Comments from many people while this reporter was taking photographs were "keep it open", "put in a few more rules", "videotape the recycle center", "the kids love the swap shop and the great finds and a way of sharing when toys are outgrown."


December 7, 2011 - Remembering Pearl Harbor - 70 years ago. 2,403 people were killed, 1,104 wounded, Damaged or destroyed were 188 planes, 8 battleships, 3 light cruisers, 3 destroyers, 4 smaller vessels. (USN photo)

Southborough Village Preschool Presents


Active Soles is now accepting applications for open registration for the winter program at Southborough Village Preschool. Active Soles offers a creative movement and music fitness program to enhance the children’s whole development. We have designed a program to increase their appetite for physical fitness and music, while building self-esteem.


Our program includes: fitness, music, creative dance, yoga, and more!


  •          Interactive 30 minute classes of creative movement, music and fun.

  •          Enhancement of cognitive development, gross motor, and fine motor skills through exercising mind and body.

  •          High energy class that aligns itself with the nationally based physical education program; SPARK.


Each session lasts for 1o weeks starting every Thursdays at Southborough Village Preschool from Jan 12th-March 22nd. Cost is $100/per child for ten weeks.


Class Time will be at 1:00-1:30 PM for 2.9-4 year olds.


Class Time will be at 1:30-2:00 PM for 4-5 year olds.


For more information please visit our website at www.activesoleskids.com

To sign up contact Laura Eppen or Gretchen Hartnett at Southborough Village Preschool at 508-485-3109 or at lauraeppen@southboroughvillagepreschool.com



Learn Lifelong Habits to Get Fit and Stay Healthy


Education, motivation & health awareness – teams work together for lifestyle change


Looking to get healthier in 2012?  If you want to drop 5 lbs. or 50 lbs.…if you want to learn what a healthy diet looks like…if you want to begin to develop a healthier lifestyle…then come to this 12 week program beginning January 18th sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Northborough and Southborough in partnership with Northborough Recreation, Westborough Tennis & Swim Club and the YMCA Boroughs Family branch, Westborough.  The number of pounds lost in the first year was 1,356!!  And the winning team had an overall % decrease in body weight of 10%!!


Formerly called Biggest Loser/Winning Fitness, the program has been revamped to be even more fun and effective.  Each weekly session will consist of a private weigh-in; followed by a motivational time where everyone is encouraged to share struggles and victories with fellow participants.  That will be followed by a discussion led by respected experts in the fields of nutrition, diet, exercise, lifestyle and more.  After the talk there will be a 30 minute exercise session (zumba, cardio, dance, resistance, etc.) led by qualified instructors where participants can burn a few calories.  You are encouraged to form a team of four to six members or we can place you on a team.  The winning team will be awarded a cash prize!!  Numerous “wellness” door prizes will be awarded throughout the program.



Cost:    $60 for the 12 week session

Dates:  Wednesdays from January 18, 2012 through April 4, 2012

Times:  6:00 – 7:30 pm

Location:   Algonquin Regional High School cafeteria

Ages:   18 and up

Child Care is provided at additional cost.

Online registration:   www.northboroughrecreation.com




Judy Boyle, Realtor, RE/MAX Signature Properties, Marlboro, MA

“With each class my husband and I brought home new knowledge about ways to improve our grocery shopping and eating habits.  These simple changes continue to benefit our whole family day after day.”


Brett Gerardi, Data Operations Supervisor, Millbury, MA

“The WWC is the first weight loss program that I have ever taken part in.  I found it very informative and the people are extremely supportive.  I enjoyed having to weigh in weekly.  It makes you accountable for your food choices throughout the week.  With last years 12 week program I lost 49 lbs. and felt great doing it.  To anyone looking to join a weight loss program I encourage you to give it a shot.  What have you got to lose?”



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*


Small Plot Intensive (SPIN) Farming Workshop


Small-Scale Intensive Farming Workshop. This workshop will focus on commercial crop production on small land bases. It is designed for beginning and established growers who are interested in learning how to manage a sustainable farm business with limited land and capital resources. The workshop will showcase techniques, particularly from SPIN-Farming, for producing high crop yields and efficiency measures that can increase profits, while maintaining soil and crop quality. Andy Pressman, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the ATTRA Project, will lead participants in exploring the theory and application of small-scale intensive crop production, drawing on his experience in sustainable farming systems. Sponsored by the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. Friday, December 9, 2011 from 10 am to 4 pm. Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, MA. $40, Lunch Included. RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/SPIN-NESFP. Contact Becca Weaver at bweaver@comteam.org with questions.

                        SOUTHBOROUGH FIRE DEPARTMENT

                                DAILY LOG


Tuesday 11/29/11




    E23  FF PIERCE       FF NEAL









    C27  CAPT MAURO      FF RICE












    A28  FF KANE         FF AMENDOLA

    C30  FF RICE


Wednesday 11/30/11



    A28  FF RICE         FF AMENDOLA     FF KANE




    C27  FF KANE










Thursday 12/1/11



    A28  FF RICE         FF NAVAROLI

    C30  FF STRONG









    C30  FF KANE         FF ROACH













    E22  FF RICE         FF STRONG







    E23  FF RICE         FF STRONG       FF KANE



    A28  FF KANE         FF NAVAROLI

    C30  FF STRONG


Friday 12/2/11







    A28  FF WILLS        FF ALESSI



Saturday 12/3/11



    A28  FF WILLS        FF ALESSI




    A28  FF WILLS        FF NEAL



Sunday 12/4/11




    C30  LT DANO




    C30  LT DANO

    E23  FF NEAL         FF HOGAN        FF WILLS



    C30  LT DANO

    E23  FF NEAL         FF HOGAN


Monday 12/5/11



    E22  FF ASPESI       FF ROACH



    A28  FF ASPESI       FF WILLS






    A28  FF ROACH        FF WILLS

    C30  FF ASPESI






Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Full Moon Owl Prowl for All Ages

Sponsored by Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary


Sat, Dec 10, 2011 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Instructor: Broadmoor Staff

Audience: Family (suitable for children ages 6 - 16 yrs)

Fee: Adults $10.00m / $12.00nm, Children $6.00m / $8.00nm


Ever wondered if an owl really is as smart as they say? Why don't we hear them when they fly? Just how far can an owl see? Come with the whole family under the moon to learn about owl calls, behavior and habitat and search for our frequent evening owl visitors, the screech owl and great horned owl.


Instructions and Directions: This programs includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light.


Registration is required.


Register by mail: program registration form. (PDF 66K)

Register by phone: with a credit card by calling (508) 655-2296.

For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.



For more information, contact:


Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

280 Eliot Street

Natick, MA 01760

(508) 655-2296



Algonquin Regional High School Presents


The Interboro Community Band is pleased to present a


Sunday, December 11th at 2:00pm

Trottier Middle School in Southborough

(49 Parkerville Road, between Rt 9 and Rt. 30).


This family friendly concert will include traditional holiday music plus a selection of other enjoyable band pieces.  Admission is FREE and refreshments will be served.


The Interboro Community Band is an inter-generational ensemble conducted by Jamie Clark and welcomes player from all communities.  For more information check out or Facebook page or visit https://sites.google.com/site/interboroband/.

Sponsored by Southborough Recreation 


Santa Flight

December 6, 2011 - Santa waves to the crowd last Saturday.

St. Mark's Bazaar

December 6, 2011 - Raffle tickets, awesome food and cookies, crafts and items all for sale at the annual St. Mark's Church Bazaar.


Something different in holiday plants  


Blue poinsettias and Tree poinsettias are
beautiful and different! 


blue poinsettias 

Blue poinsettias 

They are selling quickly!

Tree poinsettias

Tree poinsettias 

Available from 3 to 5 feet




Gulbankian Farms Garden Center & Florist Shop

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

DOR warns of Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit scam

The Department of Revenue today released a statement from Taxpayer Advocate Dennis Buckley warning the public, tax preparers, and those who assist seniors in preparing tax returns of a scam that surfaced last year involving the popular Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit.

"The Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit last year helped nearly 80,000 state residents receive a refundable tax credit. Unfortunately, several unscrupulous tax preparers coaxed elderly public housing residents to fraudulently apply for the credit (residents of public housing are ineligible for the credit).

"The preparers who participated in this scam asked for a payment to submit the fraudulent application, and some seniors received the credit without actually qualifying for it. The Department of Revenue has notified those senior residents that the refund was obtained fraudulently and must be paid back.


"We ask you to share knowledge of this scam with your colleagues. Seniors are not eligible for the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit if they live in public or subsidized housing," Buckley wrote.


The Senior Circuit Breaker will deliver a maximum tax credit of $980 in tax year 2011.

Town House hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 7 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 12 Noon

Holiday Hours
The Town House will be closed
Friday, December 23rd, Monday, December 26th, and Monday, January 2nd.


MA/NH Essential E-news


zheimer's Association Newsletter

December 2011



In the News...

New research shows that people who eat fish regularly are three to five times less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment (MCI).... Click to read the story from CBS News.

December 10th - The Pru goes Purple!


NightofLight2011 This holiday season, The Shops at the Prudential Center and the Prudential Tower will shine a light on the Alzheimer's Association.


We invite you to join us on Saturday, December 10th as we "flip the switch" to light the top of Prudential Tower purple to honor the Alzheimer cause.


We will meet at 4:30 PM in the Center Court of the Shops at the Prudential Center (near Club Monaco and to the left of the Customer Service Desk). We will "flip the switch" promptly at 5:00 PM followed by complimentary cookies and milk and the opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow Alzheimer's Association supporters. Remember to wear purple!


This event is free, but registration is encouraged. Click to register now.

A Map through the Maze - Session Proposals

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We are now accepting breakout session proposals for our 5/16/2012 professionals' conference, A Map Through the Maze. Over 700 professionals attend this conference. Consider sharing your expertise with others who work in the field of dementia care and support. The deadline for submissions is December 16th.  


Please click for more information and to submit a session.

Tips to Enjoy the Holiday Season


The holidays are a time when family and friends come together and share memories, laughs and good cheer. But for families living with Alzheimer's, the holidays can also be a difficult time filled with stress, disappointment and sadness.


Caregiving responsibilities layered on top of keeping up with holiday traditions can take its toll on Alzheimer families, especially the caregiver. The person with Alzheimer's may also feel a sense of loss during the holidays.

With some planning and adjusted expectations, your celebrations can be filled with joy and magical moments to cherish forever.
For suggestions on how to make this holiday season a happy and memorable one, please click here.


Essential Skills for Family Caregivers

MotherEssential Skills for Family Caregivers series provides education and practical tools to those caring for someone with dementia.  Improved day-to-day living and overall quality of life for the person with dementia and the caregiver is the goal. We cover communication techniques, strategies to manage difficult behaviors, and safety in the home.  Designed with family caregivers in mind; no professional caregivers please!


For locations and information, call 800.272.3900 or click for a complete schedule.

Legal and Financial: Issues and Answers

December 13, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Alzheimer's Association, 264 Cottage Street, Springfield, MA


Learn more about Legal & Financial issues that can affect families affected by Alzheimer's. Presented  by elder law attorney Todd Ratner. Please call 800.272.3900 to register or click here.

For a complete schedule of our educational programs and events, please click.   


24/7 Helpline  800.272.3900

Woman on Phone

Did you know that you can call for advice and resource information on all issues related to Alzheimer's disease -- 24/7? Our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 is staffed by trained counsellors. It's confidential and free. We also have Helpline online!  Don't go it alone. Alzheimer's is a challenging disease. 

Volunteer Spotlight

Heather CarrollName: Heather Carroll          

Hometown:   Manchester NH


Why did you become an Alzheimer's Association volunteer?

I became a volunteer for the Association because I am not one to sit on the sidelines, especially for a cause I am passionate about. I felt that the voices of the people battling this disease needed to be heard, loudly! I also felt I could spread that message farther with the traveling I do for my racing. I am often given a forum in which to speak and it seemed like a great match. Alzheimer's disease is my career and passion.


What is your primary volunteer role at the Alzheimer's Association?

I started by volunteering at the Worcester Walk  in registration. I then became interested in fundraising for Memory Ride and building a team to maximize our efforts. I moved to New Hampshire over two years ago and volunteered my services and knowledge to the Bedford office branch. Now I go out to different venues and speak. I do the senior moments Alzheimer's program all over New Hampshire and I love it.


How long have you been volunteering with the Alzheimer's Association?

All together, about nine years.


What do you like best about volunteering with the Alzheimer's Association?

I enjoy getting the message out there. There are so many people of all ages struggling with this disease, and if I can get through to one family, one child, one legislator it is worth it. The more people we can prepare, empower, and educate the closer we will be to beating it. I will never stop, and my mission is very clear. I want to be on the front line giving people hope that we will find a cure. Science isn't the only way to a cure, a movement is.


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Seeking Runners


Brian and Jason - Marathon
The Run for the Memory program is currently looking for marathon runners who have secured their own bib number into the 2012

Boston Marathon®

and would like to fundraise for the Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Chapter by joining our official 

Boston Marathon®

 team. Contact Angela Floro at 617.393.2026

NH Programs


Coping with Early Memory Loss
December 8, 5:30 - 7pm
Alzheimer's Association

5 Bedford Farms Dr.
Suite 201
Bedford, NH 03110

This is an orientation program for individuals recently diagnosed with memory loss and their family members and friends. Medical and non-medical treatments will be discussed, as well as available resources. Pre-registration is required. Please call (603) 606-6590 to register or click here.


Memory Loss and Brain Health
January 5, 5:30 - 7pm
Alzheimer's Association,
5 Bedford Farms Dr.
Suite 201

Bedford, NH 03110


Learn the basics of Alzheimer's disease and dementia and lifestyle strategies for brain health. Free and open to the public. Please call (603) 606-6590 to register or click here.


2012 Calendar

Save the date for these events - stay tuned to our web site for more infomation.


Alzheimer's Advocacy Action Day

February 7, 2012


Research Symposium

Spring 2012


Run for the Memory / Boston Marathon

April 16, 2011


Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum in Washington D.C.

April 23-25, 2012


A Map Through The Maze

May 16, 2012


Annual Night at the Pops

May 30, 2012


Make the Link Golf Tournament

June 4, 2012


Memory Ride

July 14, 2012


World Alzheimer's Day

September 21, 2012


Walk to End Alzheimer's

September-October, 2012



"Friendraiser" Event!

"Friendraisers" are community-based events that benefit the Alzheimer's Association! From time to time we highlight an event, but to see everything that's happening, Click on FRIENDRAISER


Our Vision:  a world without Alzheimer's disease.

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

Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter


Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Ski registrations are still being accepted along with a $10 late fee made out to the Ward Hill or Wachusett Mountain.

Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 11
2pm, Trottier Middle School


Free Skate @ St. Marks Schedule


Southborough now has a

Southborough - A Business, Nonprofit
and Community Guide

Many thanks to the Board of Selectmen, the Economic Development Team along with the businesses and nonprofits that made this Southborough Guide possible


Salt Water and Lobster License Info

Click here

December 5, 2011 - Jermaine Wiggins, former Patriots Tight end and current football commentator, made a surprise appearance to discuss teamwork and also teach the kids about the dangers of bullying at yesterday's Northborough Southborough T-Hawks Banquet.

The Wait/The Anticipation

December 5, 2011 - Hundreds greeted the arrival of Santa, Saturday in Southborough.



December 5, 2011 - Not just seeing double but seeing triple.  How to confuse Santa.

St. Mark's Students set Folding Record at MIT

On December 4, 2011 seventeen St. Mark’s students led by St. Mark’s mathematics teacher Dr. James Tanton succeeded in setting a new paper folding record of 13 stable folds using just over 10 miles (53,000 feet) of toilet paper and the 3rd floor of MIT’s famous Infinite Corridor. The St. Mark’s folding team were the guests of MIT’s origami club, OrigaMIT. The exercise dramatically demonstrates exponential decay as the 10 miles of paper, after 13 folds, is now about 5 feet long and 2-and-a-half feet high (with 8129 layers). The attached video documents the event, which took just over 7 hours.




Last spring, St. Mark’s students succeeded in folding 13,000 feet of toilet paper 13 times, however, the 13th fold was not stable and the object broke apart.


In 2002, then high-school student Britney Gallivan, broke the urban myth that it is impossible to fold a piece of paper in half (each fold from the same direction) only seven or eight times. With 2000 ft of toilet paper she managed to accomplish 12 folds.


A paper folding category does not currently exist in  the Guinness Book of World Records. An application for creation of the category is currently being reviewed by Guinness World Records.





Limited Edition Sudbury Valley Trustees Holiday Cards Available


Richard Sebring, Sudbury Valley Trustees member and Associate Principal Horn for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Principal Horn of the Boston Pops, shot a series of photographs of natural ice formations while cross-country skiing on the frozen Sudbury River after an ice storm.  The Boston Pops featured these spectacular photographs as a part of the 2009 Holiday Pops, accompanied by Richard's arrangement of "Coventry Carol" and "Silent Night."  SVT is extremely grateful to Richard Sebring for sharing this stunning photo with SVT for our 2011 Holiday Card. 


Quantities are limited!  Price for cards is $2.00 each or $17.00 for a package of 10.  Blank card or inscribed with Happy Holidays.  To avoid disappointment, pre-orders welcomed and preferred.  Purchase online at http://www.sudburyvalleytrustees.org/HolidayCard2011 or contact Nancy Hallen nhallen@svtweb.org or 978-443-5588.


"Miniature Show 2011" 

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 8th from 5:30-8:00 p.m.  

Post Road Art Center

1 Boston Post Road East

Marlborough, Ma. 01752





A Winter Solstice Celebration



Roger Tincknell




Thursday, December 29, 2 pm

Marlborough Senior Center

250 Main St, Marlborough, MA

Tickets $10 adults, $8 students/seniors, $6 children under 10

Purchase in advance online or by phone and save $1!

Members receive an additional advance purchase $1 discount.

Click here to order tickets online 

Click here for more information
Order tickets by phone: 978-562-1646 



*Tickets will also be available at the door*

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Ezra M. Cutting Trust,

Bank of America, N.A. Trustee

Marlborough Savings Bank

Marlborough Cultural Council,
a local agency supported by the
Massachusetts Cultural Council


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Governor Patrick has ordered the American and Commonwealth Flags lowered to half-staff on December 7, 2011 from sunrise to sunset in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.


From the Governor:

Please be advised that Governor Patrick has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on December 7, 2011 from sunrise to sunset in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.


This gubernatorial order applies to:

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

2.      Other state-owned or state-controlled buildings

3.      All state military installations


Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com



Make the Christmas Bird Count part of your seasonal outdoor tradition in Worcester County! From December 14, 2011, through January 1, 2012, bird lovers in Massachusetts will be participating in the nation’s longest running wildlife survey, the 112th Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Families, students, birders, and scientists armed with binoculars, bird guides, and checklists go out on an annual seasonal mission – often leaving before dawn. For decades, the desire to both make a difference and experience the beauty of nature has enticed dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the holiday season. The data collected by bird observers over the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. When combined with other surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey, the CBC provides a picture of how the continent's bird populations have changed in time and space over the past hundred years.


In Massachusetts, there are 33 geographic “count circles” where bird counts occur. Each count circle is coordinated by an experienced Count Compiler who works with teams of birders who’ve signed up for that circle’s bird count. Beginning birders can join a group that includes at least one or two experienced birdwatchers in charge of covering a portion of the circle. In addition, if your home is within the boundaries of a count circle, you can report the birds visiting your feeder. In either case, if you have never been on a CBC before, locate and contact your local Count Compiler to find out how you can participate. For more information visit the MassBird website at http://massbird.org. Information and history about the CBC can be found at National Audubon’s web page at http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count.


As part of an annual nationwide Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey, anyone spotting an eagle in Massachusetts from January 4, 2012 - January 18, 2012 is strongly encouraged to report their sighting to the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW).  Please provide date, time, location, and town, number of birds, juvenile or adult bird, and observer contact information. Images are welcome, but not required. Report sightings either to: Mass.wildlife@state.ma.usor by postal mail to "Eagle Survey", MassWildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA, 01581.

Dr. Tom French, DFW’s Assistant Director of Natural Heritage and Endangered Species, noted that citizen interest in the eagle survey has been very help  ful. "With higher numbers of eagles dispersing throughout their range, we can't possibly cover the entire state. Citizen spotters play an increasingly important role in our survey efforts. In January of 2011, we received 61 emailed reports from people who saw eagles during the 2-week survey period."

A target date of January 6, 2012 will be used for a concentrated survey of major rivers, lakes, reservoirs and the coast by staff from the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and volunteers across the state. In 2011, a record 107 bald eagles were documented in Massachusetts during the one-day event. A fact sheet on bald eagles can be found at: www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/nhesp/species_info/nhfacts/haliaeetus_leucocephalus.pdf.


Always a Treasure

December 4, 2011 - The St. Mark's Bargain Box wound down yesterday during the bag sale and Christmas Bazaar.  Clothes were going out by the bagful and those that remain will be given to various charity agencies and coat drives.

Annual Library Holiday Decorations

December 4, 2011 - Youngsters decorated the tree at the Library yesterday.


Brilliant and Bright

December 4, 2011 - It's been pretty good to catch the stars and moon at night lately as the skies have been mostly crystal clear.

Donna McDaniel will speak at the Library on Wednesday night, December 7, starting at 7:00 p.m., on her latest publication, Southborough Memories, written after interviewing several Southborough citizens about life in Southborough over the past several years. Join us for an in-depth review of this work by Donna McDaniel.

Southborough Senior Center Activities







9am Health Clinic

9am Woodward Reading Program

9:30am Cribbage

12pm Blue Plate Special


7:45am Walking Group

9:30am Tai Chi

11am Senior Singers

12pm Ping Pong

12pm Pitch

1pm Waters Aerobics

9am Health Clinic

9am Yoga

9:30am Ernie the Barber

9:30am Pool

10am Creative Writers

12pm Brain Healthy Eating

2:45pm Fitness

6pm Algonquin Play - Pippin

9:30 Mah Jongg

10:00 Beginner Tai Chi

12:00 Bridge

12:00 Pitch



10:00 Canasta

9:00 Center open Saturday hours

Sunday  4

Monday 5

Tuesday 6

Wednesday 7

Thursday 8

Friday 9

Saturday 10


Preschool Story Time
Dec 05  10:30 AM  




December 5 - December 9, 2011





Advisory Committee - Agenda

Dec 5

7:30 PM

McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House

Committee for Town Manager Legislation - Agenda

Dec 5

7:00 PM

Room A, Cordaville Hall, 9 Cordaville Road

Room A, Cordaville Hall, 9 Cordaville Road

Dec 6

5:00 pm

First floor Conference Room, Town House

Board of Selectmen - Agenda

Dec 6

7:00 PM

McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House

Open Space Preservation Commission - Agenda

Dec 6

11:00 AM

Southborough Library

Youth Commission - Agenda

Dec 6

7:00 PM

Fayville Village Hall, 42 Central Street

Green Technology and Recycling Committee - Agenda

Dec 8

7:30 PM

Lower level meeting room, Southborough Public Library

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

MA Fish and Wildlife News


Depending on weather and access to water, broodstock salmon stocking will begin in mid-December and will be completed by the end of the year. This year, each district will receive 60 fish, all from the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Roger Reed State Fish Hatchery in Palmer. The fish will range in size from 5 to 18 pounds, with an average weight of about 10 pounds each. There will be no broodstock salmon available from the White River National Fish Hatchery in Bethel, Vermont, this year due to the extensive damage to the hatchery from flood waters caused by Tropical Storm Irene earlier this fall. To find out which lakes and ponds are stocked, contact the DFW District office in Ayer (978) 772-2145; Belchertown (413) 323-7632; Bourne (508) 759-3406; Dalton (413) 684-1646; or West Boylston (508) 835-3607. When stocking is complete, the list of stocked water bodies will be posted on the DFW website at: www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/fisheries/anadromous/broodstock_salmon_stocking.htm.


New and novice hunters of all ages are encouraged to make a New Year's resolution to sign up for a free Basic Hunter Education Course in the winter or spring months of 2012. Students who successfully pass the course will receive a Basic Hunter Education Certificate of Completion, which is needed to purchase a Massachusetts hunting or sporting license. These Certificates of Completion are recognized in all the United States, Canada, and Mexico for the purchase of a hunting or sporting license. The Certificates allow individuals 15 years of age or older to apply for a firearms license with their local police departments. The MassWildlife Hunter Education Program offers courses from January through October, and some January 2012 courses have already been scheduled and posted on the website at: www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/education/hed/hed_basic_listing.htm. Additional 2012 courses will be announced monthly and students who want to be notified about courses in their area are encouraged to complete and submit an online form (www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/education/hed/forms/basic_request_form.htm), so that they can receive advance notice of courses scheduled in their area.

"Many people fail to consider signing up for a course in the winter or spring months because they aren't thinking about hunting," says MassWildlife Hunter Education Program Administrator Susan Langlois. "By completing a course early in the year, new hunters have time to apply for a firearms license, practice newly-acquired skills, and scout potential hunting locations." By law, this course must be at least 12 hours in length but is typically 15-16 hours to cover all required topics. Courses are offered in different formats to meet the public's needs. Some courses are scheduled over several weekday evenings. Some are conducted on weekends, while others are a combination of weeknights and weekend days. All classes are provided at no charge to the students. Topics covered during the Basic Hunter Education course include the safe handling of hunting arms and ammunition, hunting laws and ethics, wildlife identification, wildlife management, care and handling of game, and personal preparedness.

It is the mission of the Massachusetts Hunter Education Program to train safe, knowledgeable, and responsible hunters; to promote the wise management and ethical use of our wildlife resources; and to encourage a greater appreciation of the environment through education. Funding is derived from the sale of hunting and sporting licenses, and from federal excise taxes on firearms and archery equipment. Massachusetts offered its first hunter safety course in 1954, and to date has graduated more than 183,000 students. Graduates who have lost their certificates may obtain a duplicate by calling the Hunter Education Program office in Ayer at (978) 772-0693, or completing an online form requesting a duplicate (www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/education/hed/hed_duplicates.htm).