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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.

One Down

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 alternate transportation.

Gingerbread House

December 8, 2007 - Siena shows off the gingerbread house she made this morning.

Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 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 Harbor. Click here for information on the Flanders Fields Poem.


Southborough Home Rule Charter Commission Petition Drive

Group Seeks Ease Southborough's Management Challenges

Advocates 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 election.

     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 charter… yet.

     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: www.southboroughtown.com

     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 confers 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 model.

     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."

For more information about this topic, please Don McCallion (dmccallion@verizon.net), Paul Cimino (paulcimino@charter.net), Liz Henry (liz.henry@verizon.net) or Karen Muggeridge (kmuggeridge@msn.com).

Southborough Food Pantry

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

Boys Varsity Basketball   **Scrimmage - Vs Doherty Memorial Algonquin 6:00pm
December 7, 2007 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports
Boys Freshman Basketball @ HILLSIDE TOURNAMENT   7:30pm

Countryside Rubbish and Recycling

Although it may not be a glamorous Christmas or Hanukah gift it might just be what you need to give you more time around the house and family.  Let Countryside Rubbish and Recycling do the job for you. With over twenty-five years in the industry they can customize your trash and recycle needs with their personal services.  Give them a call at 508-481-1197.  Please frequent the Southborough News advertisers as they help keep this website up and running.

Sightseeing Hawk

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 mlobur@southboroughpd.com

Don't Let 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 immediate.

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.

Frozen Breakfast

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

Girls Varsity Basketball   **Scrimmage - At Holy Name   4:00pm
December 6, 2007 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports

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 problem.

     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 access channel.

      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.

Steeple Coffeehouse presents

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."

Part young 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.

Hutchinson is currently living in Boston and completing her fourth album "The Crossing" with producer Crit Harmon.

For more information visit her web site at www.meghutchinson.com 

Heating invention

December 5, 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 League

     December 5, 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.

     The 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.

     The Students 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 electrical equipment.

     Other 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.

     The students 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.

     They concluded 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 about 35%.

     Southborough 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 www.firstlegoleague.org/default.aspx?pid=29550 and www.firstlegoleague.org/default.aspx?pid=29630

     According to 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

December 5, 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 great-nephews.

A memorial service will take place Monday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Southborough's Pilgrim Congregational Church.

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 memo line.


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 Administrators report.

Classic Calligraphy

Image of calligraphy P8-2 Autumn At The BeachHave you purchased your unique saying from Classic Calligraphy yet? If not you are missing a great opportunity.  These items make great, unique, unusual, personal and warm gifts to give loved ones, co-workers, neighbors, 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

Image of calligraphy N918 A House is Not a Home Until It Has a CatImage of calligraphy N902 Friends Are Angels Who Lift Your Wings

Frozen Ducks

December 5, 2007 - The playground at Fay Field on Central Street was very quiet today with all the ice and snow around and the freezing temperatures.

Ann E. Brennan

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 years.

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, N.H.

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 Dover, N.H.

Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.

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 passengers.


December 4, 2007 - Looking East across the Sudbury Reservoir to the Fayville section of town.


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



With audience participation

Robert P. Eaton, Artistic Director

Lois Toeppner, Organist

Melynda Davis, soprano

Jacque Eileen Wilson, mezzo

Stanley Wilson, tenor

David Bonneau, baritone


Christmas portion

Scores available to share

Trinity Church

Main Street (Route 20) at Hudson Street, Northborough

Accessible to the physically challenged

Suggested $5 donation

For information: (978)-562-9838 or www.avmsingers.org 


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 amenities 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

Tuesday 11/27/07














Algonquin Sports

 Girls Varsity Basketball   **Scrimmage - Vs Hopkinton Algonquin 6:00pm


Winter 2007 - 2008 Try-out Practice ARHS

Monday 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).

Tuesday 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.

Wednesday 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

Thursday 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

Friday 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).

Saturday December 8, 2007 -  stunt clinic pending, cheerleading; Gym C Gym 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

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 driving conditions.

St. Matthews 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

Monday 3

Tuesday 4

Wednesday  5

Thursday 6

Friday 7

8:30 AM Health clinic

8:30  AM Walking Group

  8:30 Health Clinic

9:30 Mah Jongg independent

9:30 AM Cribbage

11:00 AM Senior Singers

10:00 AM Pool

9:30 Mah Jongg

 11:00 AM chair exercise

12:00 PM Lunch

11:30 AM Lunch


10:00 AM creative writers

11:00 AM 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


2:00 PM Fitness

12:15 PM Pitch

  1:00 PM water Aerobics  

1:00 PM bridge

1:00 PM water aerobics

Southborough meetings

December 3, 2007 - December 8, 2007





Historical Commission


7:00 PM

Museum, 25 Common Street

Regional Reimbursementworking group


7:00 PM

BOS meeting room Northborough

SHOPC agenda


5:30 PM

Hearing Room Town House

Youth Commission


7:00 PM

Conference Room Fayville Hall

Assabet Valley Reg. Voc School Committee


7:00 PM

school committee conference room Assabet Valley

Board of Selectmen Agenda 12/4 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
Cable Television Committee 12/4 6:00 PM Library Main Street
Algonquin Bldg Committee 12/6 5:30 PM Principal's Conference Room, Algonquin
Conservation Commission agenda 12/6 6:00  PM Hearing Room Town House

Library Schedule

Monday 3

Tuesday 4

Wednesday 5

Thursday 6

Friday 7

Saturday 8

10:30 AM  Story Hour

4 - 5 year olds

1:00 PM Book Club for Seniors Senior Center



10:30 AM Story Hour

2 - 3 year olds


10:30 AM Stories and Crafts for

2 & 5 year olds

Happy Thanksgiving

Every other Saturday


music and mother goose

Winter Driving Tips


The 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:

    The 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.

  • Vehicle Preparation:

    With a 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 the road.

  • Reduce Speed:

    Most 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:

    Under 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:

    In any 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.

The Long 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 children entertained.

Santa Visit

December 2, 2007 - Young children delighted in telling Santa yesterday at Kindergroup what they would like for Christmas.


December 2, 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.

Decisions Decisions

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

December 2, 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.

Sudbury Valley Trustees

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.