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December 25, 2011 - December 31, 2011

Happy New Year to All our Southborough News Readers

Wine Tasting tonight 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Fitzgerald's General Store

Wine and Beer on sale through December 31

Fitzgerald's General Store

110 Southville Road, Southborough


Wine Tasting

December 24 and 31

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Store offers:

Gourmet Coffee, Lottery, Breakfast, Lunch, Grocery, ATM, Beer, Fine Wine, Premium Cigars and now Propane.

Hours 5 AM to 10 PM, Credit Cards Accepted


Our own beautiful and happy pansies


Gulbankian Farms Garden Center & Florist Shop

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

Happy New Year! 


Best wishes to all our friends and customers for a happy and healthy new year 2012. 

We appreciate your support and are most thankful for all of you!

Lots of new offerings for next year...let's "grow" together. 

Algonquin's wrestling team competed in the annual Holiday Wrestling Tournament at Framingham high school the past two days.  After the first day Zach Marcoulier (138) and James Officer (285) were 2-0 and several other wrestlers were still in the tournament with just one loss.  Friday morning wrestling knocked out most of the wrestlers, except Zach, James, and Chris Steidler (126).  The tournament ended with Zach Marcoulier placing 2nd , James Officer placing 2nd , and Chris Steidler placing 8th .  As a team Algonquin ended up placing 15th out of 22 teams. (Photos Courtesy Katarina Wrin)


Police Need Your Help

On Thursday, 12/29/11 at approximately 3:58 p.m., Southborough Officers responded to a Ward Road residence for a report of an attempted Burglary that had just occurred while one of the residents was at home. The resident reported that two Caucasian males broke a glass pane in the kitchen door, and then attempted to reach in to unlock the ...door from the inside. The resident came to the door, startling the suspects, who then fled the scene. Officers checked the area and requested assistance from the Ashland K9 unit, but were unable to locate the suspects. It is believed that they fled west on Ward Road.

The suspects were described as:

Two white males in their twenties:

The first suspect had dark hair, and was wearing blue jeans and a blue hooded sweatshirt.

The second suspect had hair that came down past his ears, and was wearing blue jeans and a light colored T-shirt.

If you have any information that could assist in locating these two suspects, please contact Detective McCarthy at the Southborough Police Department (508) 485-2121.

Forget someone's gift for the Holidays? Just got interested in dance?

why not enroll in Annemarie's Dance Center conveniently located a short distance from Southborough at 111 Cherry Street in Ashland, MA


detailed information on available classes


Bonjour ABC offers French lessons to the Metro West area (Ashland, Hopkinton, Marlboro, Shrewbury, Southborough, Westboro) to both kids (3+) and adults at 54 Central Street in Southborough.

In addition, some classes are offered for children in Southborough through the Recreation Department (RAP program).  For RAP classes go to their website:





Governor Patrick has ordered the American and Commonwealth Flags lowered to half-staff on Friday, December 30, 2011 from sunrise to sunset in honor of Firefighter James Rice of the Peabody Fire Department.



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 Friday, December 30, 2011 in honor of Firefighter James Rice of the Peabody Fire Department who died in the line of duty on Friday, December 23, 2011.


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


If you have any questions or concern do not hesitate to contact me.


Warms regards,


New Year's Travel Update

MassDOT asks travelers during the upcoming New Year's holiday weekend to plan ahead, drive safely, and use public transportation.

MassDOT's Traffic and Travel Resources page includes links to all MassDOT travel resources.

Visit MassDOT's online traffic camera webpage with more than 90 live traffic cameras throughout the highway system. The cameras refresh every 10 seconds to provide real time traffic views.  The 511 traffic alert system alerts customers to traffic conditions throughout the holiday weekend.

Courtesy of McDonald's, Burger King, and Gulf, and to promote safe driving, free coffee will be served overnight on New Year’s Eve, Saturday December 31, 10:00pm. to Sunday January 1, 5:00am, at the following locations:

11 service plazas on I-90/MassPike; Route 3, Plymouth; Route 128, Beverly; Route128/I-95, Lexington and Newton; Route 24, north and southbound service plazas; and Route 6, Barnstable.

On New Year's Eve, Saturday, December 31, the MBTA is offering FREE SERVICE AFTER 8:00pm and providing extra transit services throughout First Night festivities:

• Blue, Orange, Green, and Red Line trains will operate on a Saturday schedule. Additional trains will operate and provide rush-hour levels of service throughout the evening from 3:00 p.m. until approximately 2:00 a.m.
• Buses, Silver Line, and trackless trolleys will operate on a Saturday schedule.
• Commuter Rail Service on New Year’s Eve will operate on a Saturday schedule with extended extra service provided.

Check the MBTA New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, and New Year's holiday January 2 schedule


Holiday Hours
The Town House will be closed
Monday, January 2nd.

Transfer Station will close at 1:00 on December 31st.



We’re excited to announce SariBlue in association with The Artisan Group, will be featured on January 13-14, 2012 at a luxury Gift Lounge hosted by GBK Productions at the L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, in honor of  The 2012 Golden Globes Nominees and Presenters.


Our “OneSariBlue signature evil eye glass bead and sterling silver pendant and earrings will be prominently featured on display at The Artisan Group’s exhibit, and all attending celebrities will receive this exclusive piece in their swag bags. This event will also be attended by over 75 media outlets.

To learn more about SariBlue and our products, our participation in GBK Productions’ Gift Lounge, and the exciting background to our collection please:


Visit http://www.sariblue.com/
Call: +1 (978) 833-2501


Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

December 30, 2011 - The ARHS Girls Hockey won their game against Natick on December 29.


Morning Greeting

December 28, 2011 - Anyone that didn't get up early enough missed an awesome sunrise Tuesday Morning.


AAA is NOT offering Tipsy Tow during New Years Eve/Day. Tipsy Tow is a service that some local AAA clubs are offering for people who have had to much to drink and are driver impaired. This is NOT a "Nationwide" service and is not a part of AAA Southern New England. These programs are solely under the discretion of local AAA clubs and will tow your car and drive you home safely - for free. Tipsy Tow is being offered only in Merrimack Valley, MA; and a few other clubs in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Tulsa. Please call your local AAA Club to verify if they are offering this service

Staples Donates $183K to 50 Massachusetts Nonprofits

December 22, 2011 — Staples Foundation announced this week that it has donated $183,441 in grants to 50 Massachusetts nonprofit organizations that provide youth with academic support, technology skills, and job skills.

“Staples Foundation is committed to providing educational and personal growth opportunities in Massachusetts, where our company was founded,” said Amy Shanler, director of community relations for Staples, Inc. “As the company celebrates its twenty-fifth year of doing business and contributing to the economies of communities around the country, we are proud to support organizations throughout the state that make a positive impact and invest in tomorrow’s leaders today.”

Organizations receiving grants from $8,000 to $24,000 include:

·         Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest, Marlborough – $15,000 to Technology for All, which enables youth to gain critical computer, internet and technology skills to increase their future academic and employment opportunities.

·         BUILD, Boston – $20,000 to a college prep program, which uses entrepreneurship to motivate students to excel academically, graduate from high school and attend college.

·         JFK Library Foundation, Boston – $15,000 to Take a Seat at the President’s Desk, which educates students and teachers about John F. Kennedy’s presidency through a unique experiential learning opportunity.

·         Junior Achievement of New England, Boston – $12,691 to The Greater Framingham Junior Achievement Academy Mentoring Program, which teaches business and economics education to high school students by enabling them to organize and operate an actual business.

·         Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Boston – $8,750 to Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR), a humanities-based reading and discussion program for children and their parents or other primary care givers, encouraging parents to read to their children at home and to make visiting the library a regular family activity.

·         Operation Outreach, Holliston – $24,000 to Literacy Program, which provides students with books to use in the classroom and take home to build personal libraries.

Staples Foundation also asked its associates to nominate local educational non-profit organizations in their communities to receive a portion of a grant from Staples Foundation. These organizations reflect the Foundation’s mission to support organizations that provide job skills and education for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth.

In addition, the following 44 organizations each received $2,000 grants:

·  Advanced Math and Science Academy Foundation, Marlborough

·  Ashland Education Foundation, Inc., Ashland

·  Assumption School, Millbury

·  Ayer Shirley Education Foundation, Shirley

·  Billy Dalwin Preschool of Temple Emunah, Lexington

·  Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Boston

·  Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County, Somerville

·  Bridge Elementary School PTA, Lexington

·  Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Boston

·  Century Chinese Language School, Framingham

·  Child Rights and You America, Inc., Braintree

·  Crossroads School for Children, Natick

·  Duxbury Education Foundation, Duxbury

·  Federation for Children with Special Needs, Boston

·  Franklin Education Foundation, Franklin

·  GAIN@GUS at Glen Urquhart School, Beverly

·  Growing Places Garden Project, Clinton

·  Haynes Organization of Parents, Inc., Sudbury

·  Junior League of Boston, Boston

·  Laurie C. Tinsley Memorial Scholarship, Worcester

·  Lighthouse Academies, Inc., Framingham

·  Loring School PTO, Sudbury

·  Medfield Afterschool Program, Medfield

·  One Home Many Hopes, Sharon

·  Palmer Monson Family Network, Three Rivers

·  Prep@Pingree at Pingree School, South Hamilton

·  Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester

·  Saint Raphael Parish School, Medford

·  Samaritans, Boston

·  Seven Hills Family Services, Worcester

·  Shrewsbury Education Foundation, Shrewsbury

·  South Boston Neighborhood House, South Boston

·  Taunton Early Intervention Program, Taunton

·  Technology For Autism Now, Inc., Boston

·  The Learning Center for the Deaf, Framingham

·  The Mather Elementary School, Dorchester

·  The Miracle League of Massachusetts, Acton

·  Westborough Education Foundation, Inc., Westborough

·  Westborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council, Westborough

·  Wilmington Educational Foundation, Wilmington

·  Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association, Winthrop

·  Worcester Community Action Council, Inc., Worcester

·  Wrentham Elementary Schools Trust, Inc., Wrentham

·  Year Up Inc., Boston


Capstone General Contracting Saves Grafton Home From Condemnation

Facing the loss of their home from a disastrous renovation by a previous contractor, the Randell’s call for help was answered by Capstone General Contracting. The Worcester contractor restructured the residence exceeding code requirements.


Capstone General Contracting is pleased to announce the revitalization and certificate of occupancy of a single family home that was facing a condemnation order from a previous contractor’s renovation that turned the original one story ranch into a structurally unsound two story residence.

“Capstone first became aware of the Randell’s situation back in October when David Frechette reached out to us from Mackinac Savings Bank,” said Capstone CEO Charbel Najem. “The bank originally wrote the FHA 203k loan on the property and had since sold the note to US Bank. Their interest was purely moral in helping the Randell’s.”

Capstone’s [
http://www.gccapstone.com/] review of the property concluded a variety of structural and code violation issues that were further compounded by substantial out-of-pocket expenses by the homeowner to rectify the situation when the balance of the loan reserves were blocked by a mechanics lien of the original contractor. From the exterior walls buckling with the lack of bracing by the new roof, to insufficient nailing and rafter installation, town inspectors gave the Randell’s until the first snowfall to correct the structural issues or they would have no choice but to issue a condemn order.

“This addition project started two years ago with the permit process in town taking eight months. We finally broke ground in September of 2010. This was a happy time for us as our four year old daughter was just finishing up two years of chemotherapy treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We were heading to Disney in October for her Make-a-Wish trip and breaking ground on an addition that we had dreamed about and talked about for many years,” stated Mike & Amy Randell. “We thought we were about to realize a dream, but it turned very bad, very quickly. The contractor we worked with was extremely unprofessional and negligent with his work. After eight long months of construction, the contractor walked off the job leaving us with a job undone and many cosmetic issues. We called in another contractor for a quote to fix the cosmetic issues who pointed out so much more than just cosmetic problems. He told us that the entire structure was done wrong. We called in some structural engineers who confirmed the findings. Needless to say, we were devastated. After revealing this information to the town building inspector, he informed us that he would have no choice but to condemn our home if the issues were not rectified by the first snowfall. After three long years of emotional and financial devastation, we were soon to be homeless.”

Working with the Randell’s, Mackinac Savings Bank, and the town inspector, Capstone marshaled a crew of eight in partnership with their suppliers and internal resources to right the Randell’s residence as soon as possible.

“We were at the point of complete hopelessness until Dave Frechette stepped up to help us out. Through his contacts, we were able to connect with Charbel Najem of Capstone,” said the Randell’s. “Hard to describe how we feel about this connection other than divine intervention. We were in a place of complete despair and Capstone, through their incredible generosity, helped us out of this mess. We cannot even put into words how thankful we feel for the job they did on our home. In our eyes, it wasn't just a construction project, they truly gave us our lives back. The relief that we feel having our home restored has given us such a sense of peace. It is such a blessing to have this gift right before the holidays. We are truly grateful to the Capstone team for all that they have done for us.”

“From the plans we submitted to the town, to completion of the job was approximately two weeks in total,” said Najem. “We went through the entire property from the basement to the roof to turn the home around for the Randell’s before the holiday season. This was certainly a challenging project but it’s also the type of job we truly enjoy and care about when we can give back to the community.”

This past September, Capstone joined ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and built a new home for the Walker family of Springfield, MA. Capstone’s over 100 volunteer tradesmen joined forces with other contractors in the region to bring that project in just under a week. The episode aired on December 2.

Barbara A. (Conroy) D'Arcangelo,78,of Southborough died Monday, Dec.26 at the Medway Country Manor. Barbara is pre-deceased by her father John Conroy and her mother Anna Mae (Brady) Conroy. Barbara is survived by her husband of fifty-nine years, James A. D'Arcangelo, and her four children and their spouses, Anna May Feige and her spouse Timothy Feige, Diane D'Arcangelo, James A. D'Arcangelo, Jr. and Geraldine O'Connor, and Debra A. D'Arcangelo and Edward Dippold Ill. She is also survived by her six grandchildren, Kevin Feige, Lauren Feige, Matthew Feige, Alaina D'Arcangelo, James A. D'Arcangelo Ill, and Chase D'Arcangelo. Barbara was blessed with two great-granddaughters and one great grandson. Barbara graduated from Roslindale High School in 1951 and attended Boston Teachers College. She worked briefly for the First National Bank of Boston before dedicating her life to her husband and family. It is said the funniest jokes and the soundest counsel are best delivered with the softest human touch. So it was with Barbara D'Arcangelo who embraced, in words, deeds and humor, all who had the pleasure to meet her, though always placing the guidance and success of her children above all, especially herself. Barbara loved to entertain and be entertained. She enjoyed singing (if only to her family) and in her youth she was quite the dancer. Her love of old-time, new-time (any time) movies and soap operas influenced Barbara and her renowned story-telling. And her long-time friends' get-togethers, on random Friday nights, were celebrations. Laughter and jokes flowed, but, more so, the resulting deep caring created a life example for her children. Barbara's selfless giving was inherited, and welcomed fully, from her beloved mother Anna Mae. While Barbara opened her heart to all, it was her husband and children who were the fortunate primary benefactors. Barbara believed that education and hard-work were the greatest gifts she could impart, and she did just that, and then some. Partnering with her husband, Jim, to sacrifice to make it possible, all four of her children attended Catholic or private schools, and then earned degrees from top undergraduate and graduate schools. Of course, Barbara passed along her joy of life, fierce loyalty, and goal attainment as well. She taught her children to "find a way" through creative persistence, and they knew she was always right there with them. Traits wrapped in her soft touch, Barbara shared these gifts with her six grandchildren as well. Just as she would feel and reflect at the end of one of her favorite movies, we can't help but be deeply moved, wiser, and uplifted for having been part of Barbara's life. Funeral will be held Friday Dec. 30 at 9 A.M. from the John P. Rowe Funeral Home Inc., 57 Main St., Marlborough with Mass at 10 A.M. in St. Anne Church, 20 Boston Road, Southborough. Burial to follow in Rural Cemetery, Southborough. Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday 6 to 8 P.M.

John A. Kelley , 89 years old, a resident of Framingham for over sixty years died on Monday December 26, 2011 at the Lowell General Hospital in Lowell. Born in Dorchester, son of the late Edward and Katherine (Donovan) Kelley, he was the husband of the late Catherine (McCarthy) Kelley who died in September of 2005. He was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and was employed as a jeweler and gemologist from 1946 to 1989 for Jordan Marsh and EB Horne of Boston. John was an avid sports fan, athlete and accomplished artist. He excelled as a runner having run the Boston Marathon many times and was the winner of the first Falmouth Road Race in 1938. In addition, he enjoyed playing golf and was a longtime member of St. Marks Golf Club, Southborough. He loved horses and belonged to the Mounted Calvary at Camp Edwards. He is survived by three sons, John A. Kelley Jr. and his wife Rita of Acton; Neil C. Kelley and his wife Kathleen of Uxbridge and Eugene P. Kelley and his wife Leslie of Marston Mills, Cape Cod; one daughter, Nancy C. Lyons of Framingham; one brother, Francis Kelley of Florida; four sisters, Frances Varriale of Weston, Patricia White of Weston, Joan Hannon of Cambridge and Eleanor Foley of Shrewsbury, eleven grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and one great-grandson and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Edward Kelley Jr., Eugene Kelley, Elizabeth Barter, Mildred Kelley and Rosemary Kelley. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday December 30, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bridgets Church, 830 Worcester Road (Rte 9 E), Framingham. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Stephens Cemetery in Framingham. Calling hours at the Eugene J. McCarthy and Sons Funeral Home 11 Lincoln Street, Framingham will be on Thursday December 29, 2011 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Johns memory may be made to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108

Evans, Mercedes A. "Dee", 71. Died Tuesday, December 27, 2011. Calling hours, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, December 30, 2011 at the funeral home. Funeral service 12-Noon, Friday, December 30, 2011, Mass in Saint Matthew's Church, Highland Street, Southborough. Burial will follow in Rural Cemetery.. Funeral Home: Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough

Hike Into the New Year

Sponsored by Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary


Sat, Dec 31, 2011 9:30 am - 12:00 pm


Instructor: Lisa Carlin - Education Coordinator and Day Camp Director

Audience: Family (suitable for children ages 8 & up)

Fee: Adults $0.00m / $5.00nm, Children $0.00m / $3.00nm


Join us for a New Year's hike! We will hike or snowshoe on the sanctuary. We will look for tracks and signs of wildlife as we follow the trails, then return to coffee and cocoa back at the Visitor Center.


Instructions and Directions: For adults and families with children. Please bring water and dress for the weather.


Registration is required.


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

Register by phone: with a credit card by calling (508) 753-6087.

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



For more information, contact:


Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

414 Massasoit Road

Worcester, MA 01604-3546

(508) 753-6087



FRAMINGHAM, MA – “As the harsh winter months settle in, it is important that you think about keeping your pets safe from all of the dangers that the season can present,” states Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz.  “MEMA offers some tips to help insure your pet’s safety.”

·         Do not leave your pet outdoors when temperatures drop below freezing. Dogs need outdoor exercise, but take care not to keep them outdoors for lengthy periods of time during very cold weather.  Pets that are mostly indoors need time to adapt to cold temperatures by building up a thicker coat and toughening their footpads for ice and snow. Short-coated dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater during walks.  Dogs and cats are safer indoors during all sorts of extreme weather.


·         Care for your pet’s feet. If your pet walks on salted or chemically treated areas, be sure to wash its paws after your walk.  Gently rub the bottom of the feet to remove these irritants as soon as your dog is off the road.  Many dogs need boots in cold weather, regardless of their coat length.  If your dog frequently lifts up its paws, whines or stops during walks, it may be demonstrating that its feet are uncomfortably cold.


·         Wind-chill is a threat to pets, even those protected by shelters.  Outdoor dogs must be protected by a dry, draft-free doghouse that is large enough to allow the dog to both sit and lie down comfortably, but small enough to retain body heat.  The floor should be elevated a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The entrance of the doghouse should be turned to face away from prevailing winds, and the entrance should be covered with a flap of heavy waterproof fabric or heavy plastic.


·         Pets that spend a greater amount of time outdoors in the winter need more food.  Maintaining warmth depletes energy. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to ensure the water is fresh and not frozen.  To prevent your pet’s tongue from freezing to its feeding or drinking bowl, plastic, rather than metal food and water bowls are preferred.


·         Never leave a pet locked inside a car during extremely cold weather.  Cars can actually act like a refrigerator, holding in cold air, putting your pet at risk.


·         Be leery of frozen bodies of water. Always keep your pets on a leash when walking them near suspected frozen bodies of water.  The ice may not be sturdy enough to support your pet.  If a pet falls through the ice, do not attempt to rescue your pet yourself; call 9-1-1 or go for help.


·         Antifreeze and de-icing chemicals can be hazardous. Many types of antifreeze have a sweet taste that can attract animals.  Always store antifreeze out of reach and clean up spills. Antifreeze made with propylene glycol can actually be swallowed in small amounts and not injure pets, wildlife or humans.


·         Warm automobile engines are dangerous for cats and small wildlife. Parked vehicles can attract small animals, which may crawl under the hood seeking warmth.  To avoid injuring hiding animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them off before starting your engine.


For additional information about keeping your pets safe, go to the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART) website at www.smart-mass.org


The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Winter Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema  Follow MEMA updates on Facebook and Twitter.


Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Open Gym
12/27, 12/28, 12/29
Trottier Gym
9 -12pm

Focus on Feeders

YOU Can Be Part of  Winter Bird Count!

  • Anyone can participate — new bird watchers as well as more experienced birders

  • You will be contributing to over 40 years of winter bird sighting information

  • It's an opportunity to learn about the birds that visit your yard and your feeders in winter

How Do I Participate?

On the weekend of February 4th and 5th, keep a list of the birds you see at your bird feeder and in your yard, and the greatest number of each species you see at one time.

There are two ways to give us your bird counts:

  • Enter them into our online form

  • Download and print our Focus on Feeders bird count form and mail it to the address on the form

You are also invited to enter your photos into our Focus on Feeders Photo Contest!

Find out more about participating >>

Why Participate?

Observations from the bird watching public contribute to a growing body of information that may offer early warning signs of changes in the abundance of bird species that visit feeders.

For example, feeder watching in Massachusetts has helped document the northward expansion of the Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren and Northern Cardinal in response to warmer winters.

And, it's fun! We especially appreciate reading the many comments submitted by Focus on Feeder participants since they often help us interpret results (e.g., "Feeder birds down this year" or "Where are all my redpolls?"). The wildlife photos are great, too!

The St. Mark's Skating Rink had gone down earlier in the day but the latest report from the Southborough Recreation Department is that the rink is now open again.  Last days to skate are:  December 29 and 30th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM


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Recreation Reminders

All SKI Programs begin next week when your children return to school

- NEARY Ward Hill : Tues Jan 3rd

- TROTTIER Wachusett & WOODWARD Ward Hill: Wed Jan 4th


Parent E-mails were sent Dec 21st with important ski program information.  If you did not receive one please contact the office for details.


We are still accepting RAP Registrations for the next session which begins the week of Jan 9th


Most classes, with the exception of the WW Beasties class, still have openings
(some classes have only limited availabilty)


American Red-Cross Babysitting Course

Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 9am to 3pm

Designed for the 12  year old and up who wishes to learn how to care for infants and children. The course is fun and fast paced with hands-on activities, exciting video, role-plays and lively discussions. You will learn to be the best babysitter on the block. You will gain confidence to make smart decisions and stay safe in any baby sitting situation. Topics to be covered are : supervise children and infants; perform basic child-care skills such as diapering and feeding; choose safe, age-appropriate games and toys; handle bedtime and discipline issues; identify safety hazards and prevent injuries; care for common injuries and emergencies such as choking, burns, cuts, and bee stings; communicate effectively with parents; find and interview for babysitting jobs. You will receive a Babysitter?s Training Handbook, Babysitter?s Training Emergency Reference Guide, and Babysitter?s Training CD-Rom.  There will be 30 min lunch brea, please bring a lunch, drink and a small snack.


St. Mark's Free Skate Schedule



Doreen Ferguson, Director Southborough Recreation


Did You Know?

Southborough Recreation

Regal Movie Tickets - $7.50/ticket
(price is only good for movies that are out for more than 2 weeks)

Southborough Library

Museum Passes at the Southborough Library

The Southborough Library is a source for lifelong learning – and a great way to learn is to visit local museums and historical sites. Our Friends of the Library and Southborough Gardeners fund passes to over a dozen places to explore; we are so fortunate. Thank you, Friends!


We offer free or reduced price passes to the following museums (click on the name of the Museum or attraction to learn more about the destination):


You may also reserve passes at the library or by calling 508-485-5031  Passes offer free or reduced price admission to the museum.  Special exhibits are usually not included. Please note:

  • All Library fines over $10.00 must be paid before a pass can be reserved or checked out.

  • A valid CWMARS Library Network card is required to reserve a pass.

  • Passes may be reserved by Southborough residents. If you are from out of town, you may request a library pass if it is available on the day that you plan to use it.  Call or visit the library to reserve.

  • The Library reserves the right to limit the use of one pass per day per family.

Passes may be reserved up to 30 days in advance.

Reserving Online

Step 1.  First Time Users (If you have never reserved a museum pass or a library item online.)

  • Go to https://cmars.cwmars.org/patroninfo/

  • Type your library card number in the space provided. (This number is found on the back of your library card.) Be sure to omit any spaces in the number, press Submit

  • The next screen asks you to create a PIN. After you have created a PIN, press Submit.

Step 2.  Reserving a Museum Pass

  • Go to the museum pass reservation site.

  • Use the dropdown menu or calendar to find the date (up to 30 days in advance) that you’d like to reserve the pass.

  • Click  next to the name of the museum pass you want to reserve.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions and make sure you see the page that says “Your Pass Reservation is complete.” at the end of the reservation process.

Picking Up

Pick up passes at the front desk.

  • Passes may be picked up on the day of your visit or one day before during regular library hours. Please check library hours.

  • If you reserve a pass and your plans change, please call the library before 10:30 A.M. on the date of your reservation so the pass can be used by another patron.


Laminated passes are due on the day used or before 10:00 A.M. the day after use. Passes returned when the library is not open may be returned in the book drop if placed in an envelope.  Library staff will provide you with an envelope for book drop returns  when you check out the pass.

  • The pass must be returned to the Southborough Public Library.

  • The overdue fine for laminated passes is $5 per day. The replacement fee is dependent on which location’s pass you have borrowed.

Canceling a pass

Please cancel your reservation if you cannot use the pass at the reserved time. Museum pass privileges may be revoked if you fail to pick up or cancel reserved passes. To cancel a reservation, click on [ My Passes ] or call the library at 508-485-5031 (If the day you are cancelling is the same day you have the pass reserved, then you can only cancel by calling the library).


Southborough Library

Join us for some vacation week fun! On Wednesday, December 28 at 2:30 pm we’ll be showing the movie “Happy Feet.”  Enjoy some popcorn and juice while watching the penguins, courtesy of the Friends of the Southborough Library.


Drop-In Craft Day will be on Thursday, December 29 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Stop by to make a variety of winter-themed crafts. All ages are welcome to both of these events, and no registration is required. Call the Library at 508-485-5031 with any questions or for more information.


Enjoy the vacation week and hope to see you at the Library!


Mr. Robert B. Willoughby, 83, of Southborough and formerly of Marthas Vineyard, died Monday, December 19, 2011 at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester. He was the husband of Carmella (Cellucci) Willoughby for the past 63 years. Mr. Willoughby was born and raised on Marthas Vineyard and a WWII Army veteran. After his tour of duty he left Marthas Vineyard to find work. He worked as a painter for the former Bay State Abrasives in Westborough for 22 years. Bob was an avid fisherman and would often be found on Memorial Wharf in Edgartown teaching people the skills of fishing and how to be a good warden of the sea. He is one of the longest participants of the annual Marthas Vineyard Striped bass and Bluefish Derby. He also enjoyed bowling and horseshoes. In addition to his wife he is survived by his children, Robert B. Willoughby, Jr. of PA; Michael Willoughby and his fiance Karen Carver of Southborough; Doreen W. Patulak of Auburn; Kevin Willoughby of Marthas Vineyard; Edward Willoughby and his wife Debi of Uxbridge; 10 grandchildren; and 9 Great grandchildren. He is pre-deceased by his son, Richard Willoughby who died in 1985. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday, Dec. 27, from 4 to 7 PM at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street , Southborough. A funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 10 AM at St. Matthew Church, Highland St., Southborough. Burial followed in the Southborough Rural Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent in his memory to the Southborough Ambulance Fund, 21 Main St., Southborough To send the family words of condolences go to www.morrisfuneralparlor.com


Southborough Senior Center

Week of December 25, 2011







7:45am Walking Group

9:30am Tai Chi

11am Senior Singers

12pm Ping Pong

9am Health Clinic

9am Yoga

9:30am Pool

10am Creative Writers

9:30 am Mah Jong

10am Beginner Tai Chi

12pm Bridge

12pm Pitch

10:00 AM Canasta


Week of December 25, 2011

No Scheduled Meetings

Week of December 25, 2011











Movie Day at the Library
Dec 28    2:30 PM  

Drop-In Craft Day
Dec 29  10:00 AM  



Post Road Art Center

1 Boston Post Road East

Marlborough, Ma. 01752



January- Green Tuscany!

Opening Reception January 5th from

5:30-8:00 p.m.



Show of Hearts:  

Breast Cancer Fundraiser.


Jan. 28th -  

Feb. 2nd.

Bid - Feb.3rd-9th

Closing bid party Feb. 9th 5:00-8:00p.m.

Snow Date Feb. 11th, 3-5:30

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com