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January 6, 2008  to  January 12, 2008

Congratulations are in order

January 12, 2008 - At the January 3 joint meeting of the Southborough, Northborough and the Northborough Southborough Regional School Committee meeting, Dr. Gobron was offered the position of the Northborough Southborough Superintendent of Schools.  Dr. Gobron who has thirty-five years teaching in the Southborough School system and had been appointed several years ago as the Northborough Southborough Director of Curriculum gladly accepted the position.  Dr. Gobron has been the acting Superintendent since last year's untimely death of Rosemary Joseph.  Dr. Gobron has a doctorate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Masters in Elementary Education from Framingham State College and a degree in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.  We wish him the best as the new permanent Superintendent of the Northborough Southborough School system.  One of his first major projects was to present the Northborough Southborough Regional School and the Southborough K-8 budget this morning to the Southborough Selectmen and members of the Advisory Committee.

Budget Crunch time

January 12, 2008 - Recreation Director Doreen Ferguson presents her department's budget to selectmen Bonnie Phaneuf, William Boland and Salvatore Giorlandino.

Iced Nest


January 12, 2008 - This nest was coated in ice after yesterday's rain turned a bit frosty this morning, but it didn't deter this robin from checking it out as a future home.


January 12, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School Sports


Boys Varsity Wrestling @ NASHOBA TOURNAMENT   9:00am  
 Girls Varsity Gymnastics @ TRI-MEET SHREWSBURY/MARLBORO Shrewsbury 10:00am  
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey VS Shrewsbury High School Northstar 6:00pm  
 Girls Varsity Ice Hockey @ Cambridge Public Schools Simoni Skating 6:00pm
January 12, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports

no events scheduled

Rainy Days

January 11, 2008 -Not only a rainy day but thunder and lightening throughout the day.  Many brooks and streams are now over their banks.

Community Preservation Committee

At last night’s meeting of the Community Preservation Committee met to discus last minute details on various proposed projects that have been submitted for review. Selectmen Bonnie Phaneuf and William Boland were asking for guidance on how the money for the affordable housing portion of the Community Preservation funds should be handled and at what percentages. The current way it is set up makes it hard to negotiate with potential sellers of property that would fit the affordable guidelines. CPC committee members will work with the selectmen so that all parties will have a check off list of what is expected of both the CPC and the Affordable housing. Also present last night was Nancy Vargas of the MBTA Triangle committee to present final changes in their plan to have the triangle become a nice and visible park for the community. Plans include excavating the foundation of the old livery stable, walkways, benches, trees and historic plaques. A vote was taken at the meeting on which projects to fund and go on the warrant articles for this spring’s Town meeting which begins April 14, 2008. Those projects include the MBTA Triangle, this years payment for Chestnut Hill property, second phase of the town records restoration, affordable housing, the Nichols house, South Union school renovations and application for the National Historic Register. (file photo - Town Clerk's office employees pull out some of the old records slated for restoration).

Police Log

Friday January 4, 2008

Patrol and building checks

MVSV 9/85, 85 and Main Street

21:53 School Alarm Parkerville Road

21:50 Suspicious Activity MV underage drinking possible

12:31 Medical Cherry Street

17:53 Gas Odor Chestnut Hill Road

15:08 Warrant Atwood Road

14:42 Traffic Complaint 9/Parkerville Road erratic operator high rate of speed

14:25 car safety seat install

13:54 ACO two dogs loose Pinehill Road

13:53 Parmenter Pinehill Road DMV two flats and off road

12:37 Mutual aid SFD to Westborough MA pike Tractor trailer accident

12:34 B & E East Main Street

12:30 Out of gas Acre Bridge Road and route 85

12:30 Vehicle stuck in snow bank, Lynbrook Road

09:16 Dare program

08:41 2 car accident Marlboro Road at Acre Bridge

08:40 ACO route 9 for injured seagull

08:28 Flagg Road neighbor dispute

07:35 Deerfoot Road Larceny of camera

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Building checks and patrols

Traffic enforcement: route 85, route 85, Route 9 and Breakneck Hill Road, Route 9 and Oakhill Road, Route 85 and Acre Bridge Road, Boston Road

23:07 Bryden Road youth disorderly

22:10 traffic light problem route 9 and Central Street

21:44 ACO Dog barking Southville Road

21:31 residential alarm Carriage Hill Road

21:11 Smith Lane medical

21:09 Commercial alarm Main Street

20:29 Wood Street person rings doorbell and leaves

19:07 gas odor Chestnut hill Road

17:46 MVA Cordaville Road

16:46 Newton Street Medical

15:30 Firearms processing

15:27 residential alarm garage Oland Lane

15:03 medical Newton Street

14:41 suspicious activity Parkerville road letter received

13:32 vandalism route 9 truck hit building

13:00 mutual aid ambulance to Westboro Computer drive

12:00 vandalism Route 9

10:24 medical Fisher Road

09:57 Marlboro Road Light cycling erratic

09:30 school resource officer Parkerville Road

09:24 medical Fisher Road

09:09 ACO dead deer William Onthank lawn

05:36 Parkerville Road Furnace problem, SFD called

04:37 DMV lights flashing route 85 at Rockpoint Road  More Police Log

Due to inclement weather, today’s Eagle Count has been postponed until Wednesday, January 16.

A target date of January 11 will be used for a concentrated survey of major rivers, lakes, reservoirs and the coast by MassWildlife personnel and volunteers across the state. This event is part of a nationwide Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey that is held every year in early January. “As usual our long time partner, National Grid, will be assisting in the survey by providing a helicopter for surveying the Quabbin Reservoir area and the Connecticut River,” said Dr. Tom French. Ground teams will also be covering known eagle territories statewide during the day. In 2007, 48 bald eagles were documented in Massachusetts during the one day event. Anyone spotting an eagle from January 1 through 15 is encouraged to report the sighting by email at Mass.wildlife@state.ma.us  or by postal service to "Eagle Survey", MassWildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581. Please provide date, time, location and town of eagle sightings, number of birds, juvenile or adult, and observer contact information.

The restoration of bald eagles to Massachusetts is a great success story. Eagles had not nested in the state since 1905 in Sandwich and later vanished from much of the country due to loss of habitat and DDT pesticides.  MassWildlife along with many other conservation minded partners began the restoration effort in 1982 after eagles were discovered wintering in the Quabbin Reservoir area.  From 1982 -1988, young eagle chicks were transported from wild nests, primarily from Canada to be raised in cages overlooking the reservoir. When the birds were old enough to fly, the cage doors were opened and the birds were free to fly.  This method, called hacking, assures that the young birds would view the area as their home base. The hope was that when grown, the eagles would choose the Quabbin area to nest.  This occurred, with the first successful fledging of 3 eaglets at Quabbin in 1989.  Since that time, eagle nesting activity has spread to at least 25 known nesting territories in the state. The nesting birds are descended from the original hacked eaglets as well as descendants of hacked birds from neighboring states.   Eagle restoration efforts were funded through several sources; major funding came from the former Bank of Boston and hunting and fishing license fees (Inland Fish & Game Fund), the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Fund, as well as support from National Grid, federal aid from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

January 11, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School Sports
Girls Freshman Basketball @ Fitchburg H.S.   4:00pm  
 Boys Freshman Basketball VS Fitchburg H.S.   4:00pm  
 Girls JV Basketball @ Fitchburg H.S.   5:30pm  
 Boys JV Basketball VS Fitchburg H.S.   5:30pm  
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS Fitchburg H.S.   7:00pm  
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ Fitchburg H.S.   7:00pm  
 Coed Varsity Swimming VS TRI-ARHS/SHREWSBURY/WESTBOROUGH Westboro 8:00pm
January 11, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports
Girls JV Basketball @ Hudson Catholic HS    5:30pm  
 Boys JV Basketball VS Hudson Catholic HS Gym 5:30pm  
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS Hudson Catholic HS Gym 7:00pm  
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ Hudson Catholic HS    7:00pm

Fire Log


Tuesday 1/1/08



Wednesday 1/2/08







More Fire Log

Alzheimer's Advocacy Action Day
Please Join Us!
Wednesday, January 16th
Boston State House
9:30 AM Sign-in, enjoy coffee & continental breakfast
10:00 Speakers
11:00 Visit Legislators
Mary Richardson
Celebrities like Chronicle host Mary Richardson of WCVB CH5 ask you to speak out as Alzheimer's champions. [Click] to watch the video 
We must make our voices heard to guarantee a better quality of life for those who are struggling with Alzheimer's.
Please join us on Wednesday, January 16 for Alzheimer's Advocacy Action Day at the State House in Boston. Hear speakers including Commissioner of Public Health John Auerbach, Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi, family members and those who are living with early stage Alzheimer's disease.
Help us support proposed legislation to create regulations to assure consistent care in Alzheimer's special care units in nursing homes. Currently, there are no regulations to guarantee that the best possible care will be delivered.
Help us spread the word to our public officials--there are 120,000 people in Massachusetts and nearly 1/2 million caregivers who are all affected by Alzheimer's.  
I hope to see you there on the 16th.
Jim Wessler, President & CEO
Alzheimer's Association, MA Chapter 
PLEASE ASK your legislator to support HB 616 sponsored by Representative Peter Koutoujian; and SB425 sponsored by Senator Marc Pacheco--to establish regulations for Alzheimer's Special Care Units in nursing homes.
For information on
Alzheimer's Advocacy Action Day
E-mail [Click Here] or call 617.868.6718
New Lights for Richards Road

January 10, 2008 - The new lights are now in place but still not operational as yet at the intersection of Richards Road and Route 85/Cordaville Road.

January 10, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School Sports
Coed Varsity Ski @ GIANT SLALOM RACE Nashoba Valley 3:30pm  
 Girls Varsity Gymnastics @ Westboro High School MGC Westboro 7:30pm
January 10, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports
Booster Club   7:00pm

Blue Jay

January 10, 2008 - There have been a lot of bluejays around this winter.

Girl Scout Cookies are now for sale!

Girl Scouts will be taking orders in town through door-to-door sales and by
setting up "booth sales" throughout Southborough through April.  On
Saturday, January 26, 7th grade Troop 2766 will be selling the ever-popular
Thin Mints, Shortbread Cookies, Caramel deLites, and many other cookie
varieties at the Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby in the Pilgrim Church Hall from
8AM to 4PM.
To locate other cookie booth sales near you, please check the local Girl
Scout Council website at

Thank you for supporting the Cookie Sale. Your purchase helps girls develop
self-confidence, business skills and teamwork.

January 10, 2008 - Another beautiful sunset night last night. Two photos a few minutes apart.

Sudbury Valley Trustees

Snowshoe At Memorial Forest in Sudbury

January 26, 2008 9AM -12 Noon

When the snow is deep, there is no better way to get around than with snowshoes. They make walking in deep snow a breeze! If you have your own snowshoes, or even if you don’t, please join SVT and Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) of Marlborough for a snowshoe clinic. EMS will provide snowshoes and instruction. Space is limited, so sign up early. Registration Required. Members: Free, Non-members: $5.00.

Call 978-443-5588 for reservations and information.

Woodward Spirit Day

January 9, 2008 - Spirit day at Woodward was this past Friday and what a variety of hats that were chosen to be worn at school that day. (contributed photos from Woodward School).

The Deadline for application for an Absentee Ballot is 12:00 Noon on Monday February 4, 2008.

The Melt is on

January 9, 2008 - As temperatures in the area soared into the 60's the snow is melting at a considerable pace. Soon there won't be much snow left to snowtube on as these youngsters were loving the sport this past weekend.

Fiery Sumac

January 9, 2008 - The fruit of the Sumac shows off its red glory at the Breakneck Hill Conservation Land.

January 9, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School Sports
Girls Varsity Ice Hockey VS Gloucester High Northstar 4:00pm  
 Coed Varsity Swimming @ Tanasqua Regional HS Tantasqua 4:00pm  
 Boys Varsity Indoor Track @ Milford High School  Shrewsbury 5:00pm  
 Girls Varsity Indoor Track @ Milford High School  Shrewsbury 5:00pm  
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ Leominster High School WCC 5:20pm  
 Boys Varsity Wrestling VS Leominster High School   6:30pm
January 9, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports
Girls Freshman Basketball VS Hudson High School   3:30pm  
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey VS Northbridge High School New England 4:00pm  
 Boys JV Ice Hockey VS Gardner High School New England 4:10pm  
 Boys Freshman Basketball VS Hudson High School Gym 4:30pm

The Steeple Coffeehouse is delighted to welcome Aztec Twostep and the Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band on January 12, 2008.

Rex Fowler from Pittsfield, Maine and Neal Shulman of New York City met one "open mike" night at a Boston folk club in the spring of 1971. Each impressed by the other's talents, they joined forces and Aztec Two-Step (named for a line from "A Coney Island of the Mind" by Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti) was born.

Just one year later, signed by Elektra Records, Neal and Rex were in Los Angeles putting the final touches on their debut album, Aztec Two-Step. Quickly becoming a staple of FM and college radio the album remained in print for fifteen years and was the foundation for a performing and recording career that continues to the present day. In 1992, Aztec Two-Step was re-released by ERA Records.

In the intervening years, Aztec Two-Step recorded six more albums for
RCA, Waterhouse, Reflex and Flying Fish Records. The duo's 1986 release, Living in America, was sighted in Billboard Magazine's year end critics poll and received the 1987 Best Folk Album at the New York Music Awards.

 There is only 1 pre-requisite to play with BVBB – you have to live in the Blackstone Valley.  Located in the heart of central Ma, exposure to the heavy metal content of the Blackstone river has produced a copious amount of fine bluegrass pickers. Most notably are the Dick brothers from Sutton. Renowned musicians and celebrated recording artists, this brother combo will WOW you with their award winning picking. The Taylor-Nowlan bass/mandolin combo has been together in numerous bands for over 10 years. With their own distinctive style, these two crank out solid rhythm, and like to have a little fun too!  Put these four longtime friends together and you have a group that has excellent musicianship, fine harmonies, high energy and a true love of the music. Breakdowns and Gospel. Fiddle tunes and a Waltz. This is bluegrass! You will not be disappointed!! 
Sheriff Department

January 8, 2008 - Sergeant Michael A. Germano shows members of the Southborough Local Emergency Planning Committee the Mobile Command Unit for Worcester County.  Tom Ashe, Director of Community Relations for the Office of the Sheriff gave a presentation of what the unit can do with Reverse 911.

January 8, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School Sports
 Boys Freshman Basketball @ Shrewsbury High School   4:00pm  
 Girls Freshman Basketball VS Shrewsbury High School   4:00pm  
 Girls JV Basketball VS Shrewsbury High School   5:30pm  
 Boys JV Basketball @ Shrewsbury High School   5:30pm  
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Shrewsbury High School   7:00pm  
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Shrewsbury High School   7:00pm
January 8, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports
Girls JV Basketball VS Worcester Technical H.S.   5:00pm  
 Boys JV Basketball @ Worcester Technical H.S.    5:30pm  
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Worcester Technical H.S.   6:30pm  
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Worcester Technical H.S.    7:00pm

It's a Meltdown

January 8, 2008 - The reservoir shows a sheen of melted ice on the frozen surface results from today's temperatures that hovered near 60 degrees.

Soon to be 100 years old

January 8, 2008 - Jo-An Montvitt, a life-long resident of Southborough, will be turning 100 on January 18, 2008. Jo-An and her husband, Julian, raised 3 boys on their family farm on Route 9 in the Fayville section of Southborough. Mauro's Roadside Stand sold eggs, fruits and vegetables to locals for nearly 100 years. Jo-An and Julian celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in November 1974 and sadly, Julian passed away in February of 1975. Jo-An proudly has 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grand children and the family continues to grow!

To celebrate Jo-An’s 100th birthday, we will be having a party on January 20th at the Marlborough Country Club.

Included is a picture of Jo-An taken with her first great-grandson, Zachery Jones.

Can Spring be far away?

January 8, 2008 - Today a robin sits in a tree at the top of the knoll at the Davco Orchard property at Breakneck Hill Road.

Trottier Book Club

January 7, 2008 - Pam Esty illustrator of the Beacon Street Girls answers questions from members of the book club held this past Friday at the Trottier Middle School.

Southborough meetings

January 7 - January 12, 2008





Advisory Committee


7:00 PM

Upper Hall Cordaville Hall

MBTA Triangle Committee


8:30 PM

Country Kitchen Cordaville Hall

Planning Board (agenda)


7:00 PM

Hearing Room Town House

Board of Library Trustees 1/8 5:00 PM Library
Board of Selectmen (agenda) 1/8 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
Local Emergency Planning Committee 1/8 10:00 AM Memorial Hall Fire Station
Council on aging 1/9 7:00 PM Country Kitchen Cordaville Hall
Master Plan Committee 1/9 6:30 PM Upper Hall, Cordaville Hall
Open Space Preservation 1/9 7:00 pm Hearing Room Town House
Community Preservation 1/10 6:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
Budget Summit 1/12 8:00 AM start time Hearing room Town Hall

(15 minutes allotted to each Department to present their budget, Open to the public)

Sunset over Southborough

January 7, 2008 - Sunset over the Sudbury Reservoir from White Bagley Road last night. Barely discernable in the waning light are dozens of animal tracks on the frozen surface.

More Sledding Adventures

January 7, 2008 - More fun trips down the hill at the St. Mark's Golf Course.

January 6 - 12, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School Sports
TODAY'S EVENTS - Monday Jan. 7
 Girls Varsity Gymnastics VS ASHLAND/MEDFIELD Algonquin 7:00pm
January 6 - 12, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports
TODAY'S EVENTS - Monday Jan. 7
 Boys JV Ice Hockey VS Bellingham High School North Star 7:30pm

Senior Center Weekly Schedule

Monday 7

Tuesday 8

Wednesday  9

Thursday 10

Friday 11

8:30 Health Clinic 7:45 Walking Group   8:30 Health Clinic


      9:30 Mah Jongg  
9:30 Cribbage 11:00 Senior Singers

10:00 AM Pool

10:00 Creative Writers

11:00 Origami 11:30 AM Lunch  

11:30 AM Lunch

11:00 AM chair exercise

@ Colonial Gardens

12:00 Blue Plate Special 12:00 Ping Pong 12:00 PM Lunch 12:00 Ping Pong


12:00 PM Lunch

12:15 PM Pitch

2:00 Fitness

12:15 PM Pitch

12:00 PM Lunch
2:00 Fitness

1:00 PM scrabble


1:00 PM bridge


January 7, 2008 - a tractor and corn combine sit idle at the Chestnut Hill Farm.  Parking is available for passive recreation use such as cross country skiing and snowshoeing. (no dogs allowed).  Chestnut Hill agricultural rights were purchased through CPA funds and with the help of the Sudbury Valley Trustees.

SVT Conserves 98 Acres in Framingham and 15 Acres in Stow at the close of 2007

Two properties, totaling 98 acres in Northwest Framingham, were permanently preserved as open space by donations of conservation restrictions from two private landowners to Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) at the close of 2007. SVT is the local land trust for the town of Framingham and the regional land trust dedicated to protecting land in the 36-town region that is the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord river basin.

 George and D.D. Harrington donated a conservation restriction to SVT on their property, ensuring that it will never be developed. The 80-acre Christmas Tree Farm on Nixon Road, known as Baiting Brook Meadow Farm, is now permanently conserved. “D.D. and I are pleased to have accomplished this,” said Mr. Harrington, “as it was our original intent to protect the property when we purchased it in 1971.”

 “We are so grateful to the Harringtons for their careful stewardship of the property and their foresight in protecting it,” said Christa Collins, Director of Land Protection for SVT. “Their generosity will allow for the permanent protection of important wildlife habitat and also preserves some of the agricultural heritage of this area.”

 Mrs. Edith Overly also conserved her 18-acre property on Edmands Roads with a gift of a conservation restriction to SVT. This significant property contains upland and wetland wildlife habitat as well as agricultural land.

 Both properties abut Callahan State Park and enhance a regionally significant corridor of conservation lands in Northwest Framingham.

 “SVT is so pleased that these two very important and significant properties have been permanently protected,” said Ron McAdow, Executive Director of SVT. “SVT will now begin raising funds to help cover the costs associated with the protection and stewardship of these properties.  If you enjoy open space, please contribute towards our fundraising effort, by calling Michael Sanders at the SVT office at 978-443-5588.”

 In Stow, 15 acres of important wildlife habitat were permanently preserved as open space by a private landowner and Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT). Candace Herene donated land she owned on Great Road, just east of the Bolton town line.  “Leaving the land as I remember it as a child, keeping the Herene name on the property to remember my parents, and keeping the property as is for future generations were the ingredients that made this gift a very easy decision for me,” said Ms. Herene.

 The property, which will be known as SVT’s Herene Reservation, includes a section of Elizabeth Brook, a tributary of the Assabet River. In addition, a portion of the property has been recognized as priority habitat for the Eastern Box Turtle, a species of Special Concern in Massachusetts.

 “Ms. Herene’s gift will go a long way toward ensuring that important wildlife habitat and water resources are protected forever,” said Christa Collins, Director of Land Protection for SVT. “We are extremely grateful for her generosity and foresight in putting this land into SVT’s care.”

 Sudbury Valley Trustees is a conservation group founded in 1953, dedicated to protecting land in the 36-town region that is the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord river basin. For more information, visit Sudbury Valley Trustees’ website at www.sudburyvalleytrustees.org


January 6, 2007 - Andrew Mills and sons enjoy a day out on the hill at St. Mark's Golf Course.

Capturing Some Air

January 6, 2007 - The hill at St. Mark's Golf Course was packed today with youngsters and adults trying out sleds and tubes old and new.

Waiting for the flag

January 6, 2007 - Southborough ice-fishermen Dave, Joe and Matt sit patiently awaiting the flag from their traps at the Hopkinton Reservoir earlier today.  Below, Dave, Joe and Skip check out Dave's trap to see what caused the flag to shoot up.

From Empty to busy

January 6, 2007 - These two youngsters enjoy the Neary playground equipment even if it does have snow all around it.