Archived Page 30
December 2, 2007 to
December 8, 2007
Girl Scouts collect for Toys for Tots
December 8, 2007 - Girls Scouts collected many toys and brought them to
the Southborough Fire Station last night to give to the Toys for Tots
campaign through Santa Claus and the Southborough Fire Department.
December 8, 2007 - Tree crews under the direction of the Tree Warden Dick
Rock take down a rotted tree in the cemetery yesterday. The tree crews
have been working in town taking down hazardous trees.
Southborough Firefighters Association
is once again holding it's Annual Christmas Tree
Sale behind the Main Street Fire Station
Looking for the Best tree
December 8, 2007 - Tree sales were brisk today behind the Southborough
Fire Department. Family with Santa's elves look for the perfect tree. While
a resident of Main Street picks out two trees and takes them away in
December 8, 2007 - Siena shows off the gingerbread house she made this
Pearl Harbor Day
2007 - Although In Flanders Fields was written for soldiers that died during
WWI in the European theatre at Ypris, this plaque on the newly created
podium at the renovated All Wars Memorial reflects back to remind us all to
remember our veterans and what they have given us over the years and into
the future. In remembrance of those that lost their lives at Pearl
Click here for information on the Flanders Fields Poem.
Southborough Home Rule Charter Commission Petition Drive
Seeks Ease Southborough's Management Challenges
hope to put proposal to form Charter Commission on '08 Ballot
Members of Southborough's former Town Governance Study Committee are making
a last push to collect signatures of 15% of the Town’s registered voters
required on a petition in order to ask the Town at the next election, to
approve the formation of a Home Rule Charter Commission. If approved the
Commission would be charged with drafting a Home Rule Charter that would
allow Southborough to make changes to its governance structure. The draft
Charter would then be subject to final voter approval at a subsequent
Voters in the Town of Southborough and others who have done business with
the Town might well ask these questions: Why doesn't the Town have a Budget
Director? How does it get by without a Human Resources specialist? Why can't
Selectmen use their meetings for policy-making, and leave minor decisions to
department heads? All are standard fare in most Metrowest communities, which
have adopted Home Rule Charters, but not in Southborough, which has no such
If petition advocates succeed, the May 2008 election will give Southborough
voters the choice of whether to form a committee to begin the long process
of changing their outdated government system. The town is one of the last in
the region still operating under the "boilerplate" local government
provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws, a default system for
communities that have not yet designed their own governance structure. These
statutes prohibit any shift in power away from elected officials,
effectively outlawing the delegation of decision-making to government
functionaries, even highly trained professionals. So the annual Town budget
moves through a contorted process that sometimes results in costly errors.
Procedures for employee hiring, supervision, training and collective
bargaining can fail in critical ways, sometimes exposing the town to huge
legal liabilities. And Southborough's Selectmen often spend long hours of
meeting time debating minutia better left to department heads.
According to Janice Conlin, former Town Administrator, "The fact is, the
budget process is cumbersome with no clear protocol, many administrative and
management issues rather than policy issues are dealt with by the elected
officials often with no clear delineation of who is in charge. Selectmen are
trying to manage a system that worked fine when we had 4,000 people with a
$2.6 million budget. Now that the Town has more than doubled in size to
9,500 people with a budget nearly $40 million, a clearly defined structure
should be in place to efficiently deal with the increase in number of
employees and volunteer committees and how they work together to address the
complicated issues the Town is faced with today."
The Town Governance Study Committee members now driving the petition
examined the town's management issues, researched alternatives, submitted
its report to Town Meeting in April 2007, and officially disbanded in June.
Their findings received widespread support among Town officials and
employees who believe that the current system is in urgent need of an
overhaul. The Committee’s report may be accessed on the Town’s website:
The central recommendation in committee's report was that Southborough form
a Commission to draft a Home Rule Charter to address the Town's current
problems in a comprehensive way. A charter, once finally approved by the
voters, can confer
s important decision-making powers to the
Town and its voters, which it can exercise without the need for action or
interference from the State. All of Southborough's neighboring towns have a
Home Rule Charter except Marlborough, which opted for a Mayor/City Council
The petition group has already gathered over 2/3 of the signatures needed to
meet the 15% requirement. They're hoping to collect the remaining signatures
by the end of December, and will be bringing their appeal directly to
groups, organizations, and even the individual doorsteps of Southborough
residents in order to gather the remaining signatures to put the question of
forming Home Rule Charter Commission on the ballot.
Time is wasting, according to Liz Henry, one of the former members of the
committee. "When we issued our report, we heard a few people fixate
on side issues such as how many Selectmen the town should have, or whether
to move Town Meeting to Saturday. This is, if you'll pardon the worn phrase,
putting the cart before the horse. The Charter Commission would be the body
that might consider those questions, but anyone who's been paying attention
to recent problems knows we have much bigger issues than those. Creating a
Charter is a long, uphill process, and without signatures, the Town can't
even take the first step."
information about this topic, please Don McCallion (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Paul Cimino (email@example.com), Liz Henry (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Karen Muggeridge (email@example.com).
The United Parishes Food
Pantry is located at the Pilgrim Church, Southborough. Hours are
Tuesday 7:00 to 8:00 PM and Fridays 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
With the Holidays
approaching and this cold weather the Food Pantry is always looking to
replenish it's shelves. Non-perishable foods, kid friendly snacks and foods,
toiletries, cleaning supplies and money for fuel are all welcome. Please check the expiration dates
of the items. If you would like to donate a monetary contribution,
please make checks out to Southborough Food Pantry and mail to P.O. Box 281,
Southborough, MA 01772. All contributions are tax deductible.
December 7, 2007 Algonquin Sports
**Scrimmage - Vs Doherty Memorial
December 7, 2007 Assabet Valley Regional High School
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December 7, 2007 - This hawk was flying over Fay Field quite a while
earlier this week.
The Holiday Season brings on problems for some people.
There is a lot of stress and emotions during these holiday times. I'm
bringing back two informative articles that some might find resourceful at
this time of year.
June 27, 2007 by Linda Hubley - Have you ever been hit, verbally
and emotionally abused or sexually assaulted and didn’t know where to turn?
Domestic violence can be physical, emotional, sexual, neglect or something
outside these defines. Well now there is a new place to turn if you
encounter any of these actions. The Southborough Police Department recently
launched a new program for domestic violence. Officer Meredith K. Lobur is
the first to hold the designation of Domestic Violence Officer in Town. It
is also the first time ever that Southborough Police have had such a
program. I spoke with her this morning to learn more about the program and
help the Southborough Police Department spread the word about the new
domestic violence program. First and foremost, Officer Lobur said all
inquiries or complaints will be kept confidential. She encourages all people
in an abusive relationship to contact her at the Southborough Police
Department. The program is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and
she is on call for when situations arise involving domestic violence. She
can help with restraining orders, legal situations, referrals and discuss
other available options. Officer Lobur goes on to say that the new domestic
violence program works with the courts, the District Attorneys office,
Community Service programs and battered women’s shelters.
Southborough Police Officer Lobur said that she and Sergeant Jane Moran are
the only two female officers on the Southborough Police Department and both
are certified in sexual assault investigations. By law, victims of domestic
abuse can request to speak to just a female officer and the police
department has to honor that request. Officer Meredith Lobur is reaching out
to all persons that have or are in an abusive relationship to contact her.
To request help you need not be married, can be in a same sex relationship,
teen dating situation or a parent/child relationship. Neither does it matter
your residency or immigration status. You do not have to be a
Southborough resident to seek this assistance. Officer Lobur says she takes
an holistic approach to domestic violence and reminds all that the
Southborough Police can be part of the solution and are very accessible with
this new program in place. If you would like to contact her call the
Southborough Police Department at 508-485-2147 and ask for Officer Meredith
Lobur or Email her at
Depression Go Too Far..
Southborough Youth & Family
Services offers an on-line, self-administered, anonymous depression
questionnaire. This screening, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week, can help identify depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety
disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. Results and feedback are
If you so choose, you may print out your results and share them with
Southborough Youth & Family Services through our trained clinical mental
health professionals and discuss the options for you or your loved one.
We are located at 42 Central Street, across from the Fay Memorial Field and
are available for appointments by calling 508-481-4576. After leaving a call
back number for one of our clinicians, we will arrange a time to meet and
discuss your results.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire and if we may
assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to call.
Our clinicians are Laurie Sugarman-Whittier, licensed Independent Clinical
Social Worker, Elizabeth Boyajian, Licensed Mental Health counselor, and
Sarah Davis, Counseling Psychology intern. If you would like to take
the online test
click this link for the Town of Southborough webpage with the test.
December 6, 2007 - Warblers arrive by the dozen to eat the seed in the
feeder during this ice age week.
Santa and friends
December 6, 2007 - Kyle and his two sisters and their friend Abby get to
meet Santa at the Kindergroup Santa Day last Saturday.
Water and Ice
December 6, 2007 - The ice freezes on the rocks as the wind pushes the
water up on to the rocks and shoreline.
Amanda G. Phaneuf
SOUTHBOROUGH - Amanda Grace Phaneuf, infant daughter of Adam and Jessica
(Stringer) Phaneuf of Southborough, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007.
A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Neonatal Bereavement Committee, UMass
Memorial Hospital, 119 Belmont St., Worcester, MA 01605.
Morris Funeral Home in Southborough is handling arrangements.
Click the banner above to take you to
the Town Website to see all the drafts for the Master Plan update.
This is your town, our town so take a part in it. The plan now has
drafts available for review in the following categories: Vision and Goals,
Land Use Element, Housing Element, Transportation and Circulation Element,
Open Space and Recreation Element, Natural and Cultural Resources and
Economic Development. Click photo
below for the Main Street Reconstruction project.
December 6, 2007 Algonquin Sports
December 6, 2007 Assabet Valley Regional High School
No Sports scheduled
Verizon, Charter officials attend Selectmen's meeting
December 6, 2007 - by Linda Hubley - Verizon and Charter officials were
called to Tuesday night’s selectmen’s meeting to give an update on the
government, school and public access channels. Currently Verizon customers
lack these channels while those on Charter Cable which had held the only
license in town for several years, they do have these channels. When the
Southborough Selectmen and Verizon signed the license this past spring it
was stipulated that Verizon and Charter work together to provide a service
for all in Town to access the public channels. A third carrier Comcast of
Framingham provides cable to the Pine Hill Road section of Southborough
making residents of that area ineligible to see Southborough Public Access
channels. Verizon will be hooking up the Pine Hill area to eliminate that
Members of the Cable Committee that attended the meeting and Selectman
Boland reiterated that their expectations were for Verizon to provide the
public access channels within six months of the signed agreement. Currently
Verizon customers are paying a public access fee but not getting anything in
return for the money. One of the biggest problems associated with the public
access situation is that if there was an important message or an emergency
for the town to get out for their citizens there currently is no way to do
that except for those customers currently on Charter Cable. Customers from
Verizon and Comcast would have no way of knowing what is on the public
Verizon officials defended their stance suggesting that they had tried to
get the signal for the system set up at Fayville Village Hall but for
various reasons it did not work and they went with the signal in Grafton,
MA. They are still negotiating with Charter on various items for the final
hookups which would include a conduit from Charter to the Verizon aerial
system in Grafton. They are awaiting final language from Charter so that the
signal and the public access channels could be workable. Selectmen Boland
then asked how soon after they received confirmation from Charter that this
would happen. Estimates were from 60 to 75 days after Charter connects.
Boland wants to hear back from both Verizon and Charter within 30 days. He
said we now have more than one cable in town , he doesn’t want uncooperative
parties and that both Charter and Verizon need to get this completed for the
citizens of Southborough.
LRH Music and
Productions presents an evening with singer-songwriter Meg Hutchinson who
will perform at the Steeple Coffeehouse on December 8.
In the spring
of 2000 a twenty-two year old Hutchinson completed her BA in Creative
Writing, quit her long time job on an organic vegetable farm in the
Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, and hit the road. She went on to win
awards at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, the Rocky Mountain Folks
Fest and the Telluride Troubadour Songwriter's Showcase in Colorado, as well
as The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in North Carolina, all
in the course of a year. The following spring her self released album
"Against the Grey" was nominated for a Boston Music Award for "Best Debut
Singer-Songwriter Album of the Year."
farm kid, part old poet, Performing Songwriter calls Meg, "...A master of
introspective ballads filled with understated yearning and an exquisite
sense of metaphor." Her songs are characterized by an unselfconscious
optimism, a love of language and a fascination with the workings of the
human heart. Among her major influences she is quick to mention Mary Oliver
and Garrison Keillor.
currently living in Boston and completing her fourth album "The Crossing"
with producer Crit Harmon.
information visit her web site at
2007 - Peter Scoizelli of the Southborough Robotics League presents to selectmen a
simple invention to assist with efficiently heating the Southborough Arts
Center at the former South Union school on Highland Street. (Photo courtesy
of Susan Abend)
The Team Big Bad Brainiacs AKA The Southborough Robotics
2007 - From left - right top row Helen, Jeremy, Peter and Justin.
Front row left to right - Varun, Idan and Alex and are shown after
presenting their energy audit plan to the Southborough Selectmen at last
nights selectmen's meeting. (photo courtesy of Susan Abend, Coach.
Southborough Selectmen and attending those present in the audience last
night were presented with a very informative and comprehensive energy audit
report on the Arts Center at South Union School. The Big Bad Brainiacs aka
Southborough Robotics League is made up of gifted students Justin, Helen,
Idan and Peter from the Southborough Trottier Middle School, Jeremy of
Bancroft School in Worcester, Varun of the Advanced Math and Science Charter
School in Marlborough and Alex from the Southborough Neary School. As part
of the theme challenge “Solving the Power Puzzle” for the First LEGO
League Robotics Competition participants were required to do an energy audit
of a building and recommend practical and creative strategies to improve its
energy use and decrease production of harmful byproducts.
The Big Bad
Brainiacs approached Selectman Giorlandino two months ago for permission to
do an audit on a town building. The Selectmen were very enthusiastic about
the project and Selectman Bonnie Phaneuf suggested that an audit be done on
the Art Center at South Union School. This building is slated for capital
improvements and now houses offices for the Southborough Recreation
Department and the Southborough Facilities office besides the Art Center.
found out that the building was built in 1911 and has many energy
inefficiencies. There is loss of heat through 71 original single pane
windows, the building is not zoned meaning if a meeting is held in just one
room and the heat is turned up the entire building gets heated, there is no
door to the attic space, cellulose insulation in the roof and no curtains.
Appliances like an old refrigerator are not energy star compliant and office
equipment left on overnight uses unnecessary power.
The group of
students came up with exciting and novel ideas for a cost effective way of
heating individual rooms only when in use. They developed robotic arms that
can be affixed to each radiator valve knob. The arms are controlled
wirelessly by a computer that contains scheduling software. When the
computer determines that the room is not in use, the arm automatically turns
the radiator in that room off. The arm is also controlled locally in
response to a temperature sensor, so that the radiator will also turn off if
the room is warmer than 68 degrees F. The wireless network saves a great
deal of money, because it avoids cutting into the walls to hardwire
recommendations made by the group for improving efficiency is a building
envelope which would seal all cracks and areas from which heat can escape,
seal entrance to attic, seal gaps around windows, replace windows with
multi-pane Low E glass windows and use heavy drapes over windows to prevent
heat loss. Replace T8 bulbs with T5 bulbs in the stairwell and first floor
craft area. Motion sensors to automatically turn out lights. Replace old
appliances with energy efficient appliances and turn office equipment off at
night. Space heaters are used in the building they should be turned off when
not in use.
also made recommendations for longer term solutions. Utilize the BBB
invention on the radiators. Check into the possibility of Solar Power. (the
South Union School would need 115 panels to generate all electricity needed
in 1 year) Total cost with installation would be $150,000 but the Mass Tech
Collaborative reimbursement gives back 75% of the cost for solar
electricity. They also found that the building gives off a total of 69.4
tons of CO2 each year from the oil, electricity and garbage production.
their presentation with suggesting that if the Arts Center can reduce their
oil consumption by 40% and their electricity use by 25% by repairing windows
and holes and using efficiency strategies. More could be saved by creating
heating zones in each room and it can decrease it’s carbon footprint by
Selectmen and Town Administrator were very impressed with the findings and
told the young audience that they will definitely look into their
recommendations as this building moves forward in the capital repairs. A
round of applause was given to these gifted youngsters and their intense
research into this project. For more information check out
Susan Abend, Coach of the Southborough Robotics League this is their fourth
year of the First LEGO League Competitions. Last year they won Best Robot
Performance and Best Programming Awards at the Robonautica FLL competition
at WPI. This year they will be competing on December 8 at the FLL tournament
in Quincy, MA. Thanks to Susan for much of this information and Best of Luck
to the BBB in their competition this weekend.
Prepping for Toys for Tots
2007 - Members of local Girl Scout troops are collecting toys for tots for
this season. The toys will then be given to the Annual Southborough
Fire Department in their campaign for Toys for Tots. The toys are
later distributed between the Southborough Youth and Family Services and the
Salvation Army in Framingham. This year the Girl Scouts will be
meeting Santa at the Southborough Fire Station and giving the toys to the
Fire Department at that time.
Flag on the Island
December 5, 2007 - A different view of the flag (to the right of the
tallest pine) that is put out secretly on the Sudbury Reservoir Island each
fourth of July. This view is from Fay Field playground looking west to
White Bagley Road.
Beatriz 'Betty' Ethridge
SOUTHBOROUGH - Beatriz
"Betty" (Dominguez) Ethridge, 50, of Southborough, formerly of Miami died
Nov. 10, 2007, at her parents' home in Homestead, Fla., after a seven-month
battle with brain tumors.
She was the wife of Ben
Ethridge of Southborough.
Besides her husband, she
leaves her son Deidred and daughter Christina of Southborough; her parents,
Oscar and Obdulia Dominguez; her sister, Raquel Brookins, and brothers,
Murphy Dominguez, all of Homestead, Alex Dominguez of Atlanta and Oscar
Dominguez of Denver, N.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and
A memorial service will
take place Monday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Southborough's Pilgrim
Instead of flowers, the
family asks that donations be made to help build a school in a third-world
country in her memory, through the charity Room to Read, in coordination
with Pilgrim Church.
Tax-deductible checks may
be made to Pilgrim Congregational Church, 15 Common St., P.O. Box 281,
Southborough, MA 01772, with Betty Ethridge Memorial Fund written on the
Wishing a Happy Hanukkah
Selectmen Vote on School Reimbursement Issue
December 5, 2007 - by Linda Hubley - At last night’s selectmen’s
meeting a vote was taken that the Northborough Southborough Regional School
Committee must make the decision on the $1.5 million reimbursement for the
Algonquin Regional High School addition/renovation project. Southborough
officials say the formula for reimbursement of the $1.5 million should be
dispersed through the agreement signed by the Regional School Committee.
The Town of Northborough
would like to see the reimbursement be distributed through the
Commonwealth’s 70B formula. Northborough had set up a meeting December 3
about a new option to negotiate the $1.5 million reimbursement. Southborough
Selectmen found out about the new option via newspapers and did not attend
the meeting. The new option that Northborough would be discussing was that
the Northborough Southborough Regional School Committee go to court for a
declaratory judgment. This would involve the Regional School Committee as
the plaintiff and both towns, Northborough and Southborough being the
defendants. It was suggested that the Regional School Committee would not
support either town’s position and a judge would make the ruling.
Southborough Selectmen were not pleased with that idea and strongly
emphasized that the Regional School Committee once again be the primary
decision maker on how the money is disbursed between the two towns.
In other business, Oak Hill
Road resident, Tim Kemper was appointed to the Southborough Recreation
Committee. Tim has previously been on the Southborough Recreation Facilities
committee and he and his family participate in numerous Southborough
Recreation Department programs. The Selectmen and Recreation Committee
Chairmen in other business affecting the Recreation Department discussed in
brief the Department of Conservation and Recreation lease regarding 911
field. It will be moved to a later agenda with the Board of Selectmen.
Language and a payment issue are sticking points on the lease.
A new Technology committee
was created and the following have been appointed to the committee: Roger
Challen, Harold Kiess, Alex Neihaus, Brian Ballantine and Jean Kitchen. They
will check the current structure of technology in town, confer with the
current vender, track Technology changes, work with vendors, update the
Town’s website and see that all new technology blends in with the town’s
operating systems in each department.
The Southborough Selectmen
accepted $18,000 from Harvard Primate for public safety and $100 for the
ambulance fund. Renewals of Licenses were signed and heard the Town
you purchased your unique saying from Classic Calligraphy yet? If not you
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teachers and more. Classic Calligraphy is done right here in
Southborough by owner and creator Sandy Keiss. You can purchase these
sayings in a variety of sizes, mats and frames. Sandy has been
creating these unique and very personal messages since 1985. What
started out as a hobby has now become a full - fledged business created with
her love of calligraphy and the messages that are created. If you
don't have a clue as to what to get someone for the holidays this year,
think about something very personal and check out Classic Calligraphy to see
the wide array of verses that one can choose from.
Click for website
2007 - The playground at Fay Field on Central Street was very quiet today
with all the ice and snow around and the freezing temperatures.
SOUTHBOROUGH - Ann
Elizabeth (Hennessey) Brennan, 74, of Southborough, died Friday, Nov. 30,
2007, at the Countryside Nursing Home in Framingham, of complications from
Alzheimer's disease. She had been a resident of the home for the past four
She was the wife of Thomas
J. Brennan, formerly of Rochester, N.H., whom she married June 15, 1957.
Born in Dover, N.H., the
daughter of Frank and Annie (Beckingham) Hennessey, she attended local
schools in Dover and was a graduate of Mount Saint Mary College in Hooksett,
She worked at General
Electric in Somersworth, N.H., as an administrative assistant.
Besides her husband, she
leaves her sons, Frank V. Brennan and his wife, Kristin, of Leominster,
Thomas J. Brennan Jr. of Millbury, and Michael J. Brennan and his wife,
Maria, of Stoneham; and two grandchildren, Patrick and Anna Rose.
A Mass of Christian burial
will be celebrated Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m., at St. Joseph's Church in
Burial will follow in St.
Visiting hours are Tuesday,
Dec. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home
(www.purdyfuneralservice.com), 655 Central Ave., Dover, N.H.
Instead of flowers,
memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org);
or the Countryside Nursing Home, 153 Winter St., Framingham, MA 01702.
Waiting the arrival
December 4, 2007 - Empty tracks and station platform awaits the
December 4, 2007 - Looking East across the Sudbury Reservoir to the
Fayville section of town.
ASSABET VALLEY MASTERSINGERS
From left to right Vale Southard, ARHS;
Katelyn Morreale, ARHS; Jessica Jones, ARHS; Kelsey O'Hare, ARHS; Emiko
Oyama, Tahanto RHS; Johee Chung, ARHS; Robert Eaton, Artistic Director &
Founder of AVM & former Choral Director ARHS; Avi Wolf, AVM member,
Apprentice Singers Coordinator & Choral Teacher at Tahanto. Caroline
Estes, ARHS Apprentice Singer is missing from photo.
Sunday, December 16th at 3:30 PM
ASSABET VALLEY MASTERSINGERS
With audience participation
Robert P. Eaton, Artistic Director
Lois Toeppner, Organist
Melynda Davis, soprano
Jacque Eileen Wilson, mezzo
Stanley Wilson, tenor
David Bonneau, baritone
Scores available to share
Main Street (Route 20) at Hudson Street, Northborough
Accessible to the physically challenged
Suggested $5 donation
For information: (978)-562-9838 or
December 4, 2007 - Davco Orchards Breakneck Hill Conservation lands
receives it's first covering of snow yesterday.
Gulbankian's Garden Center and Florist Shop
December 4, 2007 - If you haven't visited Gulbankian's
Garden Center and Florist shop in a while or if you have never taken the
opportunity to check them out, the Holiday season is a great time to come in
and take a look at their new building and all the new
and items available. Melissa and Doug Toys, Stonewall Kitchen's
holiday collections of jams, pancake mixes, jellies, hostess gifts and more.
There are greens galore with wreaths, kissing balls, baskets, Christmas
trees, topariaries and more. Poinsettias are in and ready for pickup.
Beautiful and bright there are many flower and plant arrangements and so
many unique gifts to choose from. So stop by today and check out
Gulbankian Garden Center and Florist Shop. Conveniently located
directly across Mt. Vickery Road from the Southborough Post Office and Town
Centre. Click on the photos for their website.
Southborough Fire Log
04:09 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ MT VICKERY RD
A29 FF RICE LT SADOWSKI
C30 FF KANE
08:30 PLAN REVIEW - SMOKE DETECTOR ORCHARD RD
C3 CAPT MAURO
08:45 COMMERCIAL INSPECTION CORDAVILLE RD
C27 CAPT MAURO
09:30 PUBLIC SERVICE ASSISTANCE, OTH WILLIAM ONTHANK LN
R25 FF FRANKS FF PIERCE
11:00 PLAN REVIEW MEETING PARKERVILLE RD
C20 CHIEF MAURO
C27 CAPT MAURO
13:00 SMOKE DETECTOR, RESALE PEARL ST
C27 CAPT MAURO
13:30 SMOKE DETECTOR, RESALE FAIRVIEW DR
C27 CAPT MAURO
13:33 STEAM FOR SMOKE MARLBORO RD
E22 LT PELTIER FF AMENDOLA
E23 FF FRANKS FF PIERCE
14:00 SMOKE DETECTOR NEW CONSTRUCT SOUTHVILLE RD
C27 CAPT MAURO
15:00 OIL BURNER MAIN ST
C27 CAPT MAURO
20:00 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ MAIN ST
A29 FF FRANKS FF PIERCE
E22 LT PELTIER FF AMENDOLA
23:20 TRAINING - FIRE MARLBOROUGH RD
HQ3 LT PELTIER FF FRANKS FF PIERCE FF AMENDOLA
23:41 RESCUE, EMERGENCY MEDICAL CALL NORTHBORO RD
A29 FF FRANKS FF PIERCE
C30 FF AMENDOLA
**Scrimmage - Vs Hopkinton
Winter 2007 - 2008 Try-out Practice ARHS
December 3, 2007: Girls Hoops (2:30 p - 4:15 pm JV & Freshmen, 6:00 PM
to 8:00 PM Varsity); Wrestling (Wrestling Room 4:00 - 6:00 PM); Gym (No); Boys Track (B Gym courts 3 & 4); Girls
Track (B Gym courts 3 & 4); Ski Team (NO practice).
December 4, 2007: Girls Hoops (2:30 p - 4:30 pm JV & Freshmen, 6:00 PM
to 8:00 PM Varsity scrimmage); Wrestling (Wrestling Room 4:00 - 6:00 PM); Gym (C Gym
3:00 - 5:00 PM); Boys Track & Girls Track (B Gym Courts 3 & 4); Ski
Team practice ski ward 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
December 5, 2007: Girls Hoops (2:30 p - 4:15 pm JV &
Freshmen, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Varsity); Wrestling (Wrestling Room 4:00 - 6:00
PM); Gym (C Gym 3:00 - 5:00 PM); Boys and Girls Track (courts 3 & 4
3:15 - 5:15 PM); Ski Team practice ski ward 3:00 - 5:00 PM
December 6, 2007 - Girls Hoops (2:30 PM - 4:15 PM JV & Freshman,
4:00 PM away scrimmage Varsity); Wrestling (Wrestling room 4:00 - 6:00
PM); Gym (C Gym 3:00 - 5:00 PM); Boys
and Girls Track (Courts 3 & 4 3:15 - 5:15 PM); Ski Team practice Ski
Ward 3:00 - 5:00 PM
December 7, 2007 - Girls Hoops (2:30 - 4:15 PM JV &
Freshmen, 6:00 - 8:00 PM Varsity); Wrestling (Wrestling room 4:00 - 6:00
PM); Gym (C Gym 3:00 - 5:00 PM);
Boys and Girls Track (Courts 3 & 4 3:15 - 5:15 PM).
8, 2007 - stunt clinic pending, cheerleading; Gym C Gym 9:00 AM to
First Storm of the Season
December 3, 2007 - Roads were plowed and sanded early this morning as a
storm that brought sleet, snow and freezing rain to the area caused area
schools to have a two hour delay to the start of the school day because of
and St. Anne's Youth Ministry
December 3, 2007 -
Volunteers from the youth ministry cook up a pasta meal. The St.
Matthews and St. Anne's Youth Ministry hold pancake breakfasts, ice cream
socials and pasta dinners to raise funds for trips to Mississippi where the
youth help rebuild homes lost during Hurricane Katrina.
Senior Center Weekly Schedule
8:30 AM Health clinic
8:30 Health Clinic
|11:00 AM Senior Singers
11:00 AM chair exercise
11:30 AM Lunch
Brunch with St. Mark's
12:15 PM Pitch
12:00 PM Lunch
11:30 AM Lunch
12:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Fitness
||1:00 PM water Aerobics
|1:00 PM water aerobics
December 3, 2007 - December 8, 2007
Museum, 25 Common
BOS meeting room
Hearing Room Town
Assabet Valley Reg.
Voc School Committee
conference room Assabet Valley
Board of Selectmen
Hearing Room Town House
Cable Television Committee
Library Main Street
Algonquin Bldg Committee
Principal's Conference Room, Algonquin
Hearing Room Town House
10:30 AM Story
4 - 5 year
1:00 PM Book
Club for Seniors Senior Center
10:30 AM Story Hour
2 - 3 year olds
10:30 AM Stories and
2 & 5 year olds
Every other Saturday
music and mother goose
Winter Driving Tips
Massachusetts State Police urge motorists to be safe on the
roads of the Commonwealth this winter. If possible, do not
travel, or keep travel to a minimum during periods of winter
weather in order to allow snow removal crews to clear the
roadway. For those who need to drive in adverse winter
weather conditions, the State Police recommend the following
winter driving safety tips:
Take Note of the Local Forecast:
State Police encourage motorists to take note of local
forecasts and plan accordingly for adverse weather
conditions. Motorists are reminded that they can dial
511 on their cell phones for current traffic and road
conditions on Massachusetts Highways.
forecast of inclement weather, motorists should ensure
that their vehicles are well maintained and properly
equipped for winter driving. Motorists should check the
fluid levels of their vehicles, particularly washer
fluid and anti-freeze, to make sure that they are at
adequate levels. Tires should be inspected to ensure
that they are properly inflated and have sufficient
tread depth. Motorists should equip their vehicles with
a snow shovel, ice scraper, jumper cables, flares, a
flashlight and some warm clothing and blankets.
Additionally, motorists are reminded to completely
clear their vehicles of snow and ice prior to driving.
Clearing vehicles of snow and ice enhances the safety of
all motorists by providing an unobstructed view to the
operator and prevents snow and ice from flying off
vehicles at high speeds and posing a hazard to others on
winter weather related crashes are caused by “spin-outs”
and vehicles sliding off the road due to excessive
speeds for the road and weather conditions. Speed
Limits are set for driving under optimal, dry
conditions. If road and weather conditions are adverse,
it may be more reasonable and proper to operate at a
speed that is well below the posted limit.
Leave Extra Space Between Vehicles:
optimal driving conditions, motorists should leave at
least one car length for every ten miles per hour
between them and the vehicle in front of them. If the
road and weather conditions are adverse, that distance
should be significantly increased in order to afford for
increased stopping distances.
Dial 911 in Roadway Emergencies:
weather conditions, motorists who become disabled or
encounter an emergency on the roadways should dial 911
and report their location and the nature of the
emergency. Motorists should always be aware of their
location, noting the route they are traveling on and the
number of the exit they most recently passed.
wait is Over
December 2, 2007 - The helicopter arrives caring Santa and
his elf for Kindergroup's annual Santa visit.
Sing A Long
December 2, 2007 - Kindergroup had a neat little band playing to
entertain the guests as they stood in line for their wait to see Santa
Claus. Santa's elf also was magically moving around keeping the
December 2, 2007 - Young children delighted in telling Santa yesterday at
Kindergroup what they would like for Christmas.
2007 - These youngsters participated yesterday in the Southborough
Recreation Pre-K Basketball at the Woodward School this past Saturday.
Toyland at St. Marks
December 2, 2007 - This young girl walks amid dozens of toys that were
offered for sale yesterday at the St. Marks Bazaar.
December 2, 2007 - A boy scout escorts a youngster on her shopping spree
at the annual Troop 92 kid's shop.
Shoppers were out in force
2007 - The Bargain Box held their annual $5.00 bag sale yesterday.
Proceeds from the Bargain Box go to numerous programs from emergency funding
for St. Mark's such as furnace repairs, sacristry renovations, donation of
$1,000 toward fuel for families that use the Southborough Food Pantry and to
assist their sister church in Haiti. The Bargain Box has been running
for over sixty years now and has a large following especially on the last
weekend when you can buy a bag of clothes for $5.
Winter Solstice Sunrise
Half Moon Meadow Brook, Boxborough
Friday, Dec. 21: 7AM- 8AM
If you’re an early riser, or even if you’re not, this is an outing not to
miss. Join SVT member George Krusen and view the winter solstice sunrise
through the stone structures (allegedly Native American ceremonial stone
structures) at Half Moon Meadow Brook. The sunlight bores through the stones
for a magnificent viewing. It’s a beautiful way to start the winter.
Registration Required. Members: Free, Non-members: $5.00.
For registration and information call 508-443-5588
Further information on other outings and SVT properties are available on
SVT’s website at www.svtweb.org.