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January 20, 2008  to  January 26, 2008

Pinewood Derby Races

January 26, 2008 - Cubscouts watch the pinewood derby during the finals race.

Idle Tractor

January 26, 2008 - The Tractor sits idle till this spring at the former Davco Farms.

Girl Scout Cookie Sales

January 26, 2008 - The Southborough Girl Scouts were out in force selling their cookies at Pilgrim Church during the Cubscouts Pinewood Derby and below photo was taken outside Dunkin Donuts at the Town Center Plaza.

January 26, 2008 - Mike Gulbankian tends to the flowers in the green house at Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop.  Looking for that special Valentine's Day gift?  Gulbankian's carries unique gifts, gourmet foods, Valentine's Day Cards, Roses, flower arrangements, Wreaths and more. Come visit them at the intersection of Route 85 and Mount Vickery Road right across the street from Town Center and the Southborough Post office.

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January 26/27, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School Sports
Boys JV Ice Hockey @ Hudson High School Northstar 8:10am  
 Boys Varsity Indoor Track @ LEAGUE MEET @FITCHBURG Fitchburg High 9:00am  
 Girls Varsity Indoor Track @ LEAGUE MEET @FITCHBURG Fitchburg High 9:00am  
 Boys Varsity Wrestling @ MARLBORO/SHEPHERD HILL/WORC VOC Marlborough 3:30pm  
 Girls Varsity Ice Hockey VS Chelmsford High School Northstar 4:10pm  
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey VS Groton Dunstable Regional Northstar 6:00pm  
  TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Sunday Jan. 27
 Boys Varsity Outdoor Track @ STATE RELAYS @ REGGIE LEWIS   9:30am
January 25, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports
Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ Fitchburg High School Wallace Civic 2:10pm

Need for a new Police Station?

January 25, 2008 - by Linda Hubley.   Most municipal buildings in Southborough have not seen dramatic changes, additions or renovations since being built. We have added on and built new schools but we as a community have not kept pace over the years with our other municipal buildings. In 2004 the Southborough Municipal Committee was created and charged with investigating the needs and spaces of all the municipal facilities within the town. The findings released in 2005, showed that the town has reached critical mass for the need of more office space, storage space and creative work environments. The dearth of space and the fact that many of the offices are not in central locations have oftentimes hampered or created inefficient delivery of the services the town offers to its residents.

     At the top of the Municipal Facilities Committee were the police and fire stations. A few years ago the Southborough Fire Department operated out of two stations. Station 2 on Harrington Court is now closed with no personnel stationed at that building. All fulltime personnel work out of the Main Station that was built in 1978 but has not seen much rehabilitation. At the same time the Fire Station meeting room is being used much more than in previous years due to the lack of meeting facilities in town. The apparatus bay cannot efficiently house all the vehicles and equipment necessary. But even more critical than the fire station is the condition of the current police station.

     Have you ever had the opportunity to visit the police station? Whether it was on a tour with your child, have someone that has been arrested or placed in protective custody, you had to speak with a detective or Sergeant or just picking up accident forms you would notice the need for a new police station.

     The existing building that currently houses the police was built in 1929 as an elementary school and many residents living in town remember it fondly as the Peter’s High School Annex. On May 1, 1971, the old school became the “new” Southborough Police Station. The Town’s population at that time was under 6,000 residents and the name “Metrowest” had not even been coined yet. Since then the population in Southborough has increased to near 10,000, a 52% growth just since the 1990 census. Towns in the Metrowest area including Southborough have seen unprecedented growth in new homes, businesses and traffic.

       The study presented to the committee from Durland Van Voorhis Architects describes the police station as lacking many code-compliance features such as no elevator for the handicapped, inadequate clearances and hardware at doors and bathrooms. Poor circulation and thermostat control, poor water flow control, inadequate ventilation. The station also has a series of faults in the width and flow of hallways. The town’s critical communication center is improperly housed and the entire layout of the current facility housing the police is woefully inadequate for today’s police requirements.

     Besides an antiquated dispatch room, the Police station also has to contend with a narrow aisle way notorious for corners, obstacles and small rooms to bring a prisoner in from the sally port to the booking room, to detective rooms or the jail cell itself. This makes for a very congested and dangerous trip for the officers. In other inadequacies in the police station there is a second floor and the basement, neither for which is an elevator available. Due to the lack of storage space the hallways become storage space which narrows them even further. Access to the attic   Continue story with photos Click Here

Kitchen Fire

January 25, 2008 - Southborough Firefighters responded to a stove fire at a home on Oak Hill Road early last evening.  A candle was left on the stove causing it to melt and spread burning wax along the stove and countertop. No injuries were reported.

Which Plan?

January 25, 2008 - Click the photo to look at the three plans for west of route 85, the three plans for east of route 85 and the plan for Latisquama to Park Street plans.  A few of these plans take in comments and suggestions from residents that have voiced their concerns at the November 29, 2007 Route 85 and Main Street reconstruction project.

Just How Cold Was Today?

January 25, 2008 - Frosty breath blows through the air this frosty afternoon.  Temperatures never climbed out of the low twenties and with the wind chill felt even colder.

January 25, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School Sports
Boys Freshman Basketball VS North Middlesex H S   4:00pm  
 Girls Freshman Basketball @ North Middlesex H S   4:00pm  
 Boys JV Basketball VS North Middlesex H S   5:30pm  
 Girls JV Basketball @ North Middlesex H S   5:30pm  
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS North Middlesex H S   7:00pm  
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ North Middlesex H S   7:00pm
January 25, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports
Boys Freshman Basketball @ Blackstonevalleyregtechhs    3:30pm  
 Girls JV Basketball VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs   5:00pm  
 Boys JV Basketball @ Blackstonevalleyregtechhs    5:30pm  
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs   6:30pm  
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Blackstonevalleyregtechhs    7:00pm
Lights are working

January 24, 2008 - Officer Mabardy directs traffic at Richards Road and Cordaville Road yesterday.  The traffic signals are now working, so please be aware of the new lights at this intersection.  There are signal boards ahead of the intersection to warn drivers about the new lights.  They may be on flash mode for a week before going to a regular light signal operation.

Rag Time Blues and Gershwin

January 24, 2008 - Southborough Seniors enjoyed lunch, singalongs and enjoyed the piano music played by Steve Snitzer.  Mr. Snitzer before each song gave the history of the blues, jazz and ragtime.  He had the entire crowd singing for several tunes played.  Click for more photos.

Algonquin Regional High School Girl's Basketball

Darryl Purpose has led a diverse and interesting life. Lured as a teenager to the world of casino gambling, Purpose went from betting dollars on the graveyard shifts in downtown Las Vegas, to being one of the best blackjack players in the world by his mid twenties. In his late twenties, Purpose left Blackjack to walk across the country (L.A. to DC) with the ‘Great Peace March.’ Writing and playing music as a member of the ‘house band’ of the GPM—his first performing experience— was a watershed event for Purpose, leaving him with a permanent thirst for the connection possible through music. This led to another march in the (then) Soviet Union and the first-ever, outdoor stadium rock concert there, featuring Bonnie Raitt, Santana, James Taylor, and Darryl's band, Collective Vision.

Purpose moved into music fulltime in 1996. A thousand shows, and 20,000 CD’s later, Purpose has “finally realized his calling as a dramatist for the dispossessed, a chronicler of those Americans who, by choice or by chance, live on the heart's back streets, rising up through the crooked lines like leaves of grass" writes Michael Tisserand in the liner notes from his album A Crooked Line .

From unrequited love in a bicycle repair shop in Mr. Schwinn to spurned to ramblings of a disaffected Angelino in “A Crooked Line,” we recognize that the often dark characters presented in those story songs live all around us. With his distinctive baritone voice, a smoothly proficient finger-style guitar technique which has earned him an endorsement with Taylor Guitars and a sense of drama and storytelling in his lyrics and music, Purpose delivers a charismatic performance that captures coffeehouse and theater audiences alike, including a huge supply of interesting stories from his activities as a peace activist, professional gambler and modern troubadour.

Project Smile

Project Smile is a federally tax exempt non-profit organization which donates new and previously owned stuffed animals, coloring books/crayons, small toys and children's reading books for police officers, fire fighters and paramedics to give to children. The goal of Project Smile is to provide all emergency responders throughout New England and eventually throughout the nation, with a continual supply of comfort items to help ease the pain and fear of traumatized children.

Very few police officers or firefighters have anything to give to a child. Please help PROJECT SMILE reach its goal of collecting enough stuffed animals for every emergency responder in New England to always have one to give to a hurting child.
Why do the police, fire fighters and paramedics need stuffed animals? They give them to children who are

• Accident Victims
• Crime Victims
• Witnesses to a Crime
• Experiencing Traumatic Event
• Coping with Loss
• Sick and/or Injured

Project Smile maintains a reserve supply of stuffed animals for use after large scale disasters. Within days of Hurricane Katrina, Project Smile partnered with Paul Davis Restoration and had 3,700 stuffed animals driven directly to the Houston Astrodome for the thousands of children staying there who had lost all of their belongings in that horrific storm. In November 2007, in response to the devastating California wildfires, Project Smile shipped approximately 500 stuffed animals to Southern California to help the many children who lost their homes and most of their possessions.

Project Smile has recently launched the Operation Elder Care program which provides elderly patients who are transitioning to life in a nursing home with a gift of a stuffed animal. The stuffed animals are designed to ease some of the trauma that the elderly experience when they are making that incredibly difficult transition to life in a nursing home. The gift of a stuffed animal at such a time not only provides a soft item that can be held, but is also a tangible gesture of warmth and compassion, both of which are greatly needed.

For more information on how you can help, feel free to contact Catherine Pisacane via email at cpisacane@projectsmile.org.             http://www.projectsmile.org/                                                                  2008 calendars available http://www.projectsmile.org/2008.htm

January 24, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School Sports
 Coed Varsity Ski @ SLALOM RACE Nashoba Valley 3:30pm  
 Coed Varsity Swimming @ Leominster High School Fitchburg 4:00pm
January 24, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports

NO Events Scheduled

Future Artists

January 23, 2008 - The Southborough Library hosted Artful Adventures from the Museum of Fine Arts yesterday.  Tuesday was Southborough Teachers Professional Development day. These budding artists watched a slide presentation of famous artists before making their own picture.

Firefighters Caution on Phone Solicitations

Southborough Firefighters IAFF Local #3129 would like to advise the Southborough community that they are not conducting any charitable solicitations at this time. Residents have called the Southborough Fire Department stating they have received calls for solicitations in the name of the Fire Department and Disabled Veterans. Please be aware that if you do receive a call it is not from the Southborough Firefighters. Thank you. Joseph Hubley, President, Southborough Firefighters IAFF Local #3129 You can contact Joseph at 508-485-3235 ext 404 with you concerns or questions.

January 23, 2008 - The County Line Quilters meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Southborough Library.  Left photo, Maureen shows off a pattern that she is working on.  For more information on the County Line Quilters click here.

Southborough Library Book Nook

January 23, 2008 - The library was full of events yesterday, as the Book Nook also met.  This is for 4th to 6th graders and they discuss specific books as they enjoy pizza and soda courtesy of Domino's Pizza of Southborough.

January 23, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School Sports
 Boys Freshman Basketball @ Westboro High School   4:00pm  
 Girls Freshman Basketball VS Westboro High School   4:00pm  
 Boys Varsity Indoor Track @ LEOMINSTER/NOTRE DAME @SHREWSBURY Shrewsbury 5:00pm  
 Girls Varsity Indoor Track @ LEOMINSTER/NOTRE DAME @SHREWSBURY Shrewsbury 5:00pm  
 Boys JV Basketball @ Westboro High School   5:30pm  
 Girls JV Basketball VS Westboro High School   5:30pm  
 Boys Varsity Wrestling VS Quabbin Regional H.S.   6:30pm  
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Westboro High School   7:00pm  
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Westboro High School   7:00pm  
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey VS Holliston High School Northstar 8:00pm  
 Girls Varsity Ice Hockey @ Everett High School   8:00pm
January 23, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports
Boys JV Ice Hockey @ Westboro High School  North Star 3:00pm

Police Dog readies for the search

January 22, 2008 - According to last night's police log entry: On Monday, 2:25 p.m., Southborough Police received a call of an accident involving two motor vehicles with no personal injuries. Upon arrival, Jesus V. Cota, 21, of 150 Mechanic Street, Marlborough, was arrested. Cota then fled on foot from police, handcuffed. Southborough advised the State Police, K9 units were requested and Marlborough Police were notified. By 3:00 p.m., State Police Air Wing (helicopter) was in the area.  Southborough Police Officers Widdiss, Landry, and Crenshaw, along with State Police officers and 2 K9 Units were searching the area, through the woods, in the bitter 20 degree temperature. At 4:12 p.m., Cota was apprehended by K9 after a woman at 117 Northborough Road called police to report she had seen the suspect in her back yard. Cota's vehicle was towed by Ted's for inventory search. While in custody of the Southborough Police Department, Cota complained of having an asthma attack and was brought to UMass-Marlborough for treatment, but returned back to Southborough at 9:10 p.m. Bail was called at $5,000.00.

Red and Green

January 22, 2008 - A Cardinal sits on a spruce branch checking out if it's safe to drop in for a seed buffet.

Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop

Shop for that special Valentine. 

Click here for website

Candies, Valentine Cards, Roses, Flower Arrangements, Unique Gifts. Find them all at Gulbankian's.

Conveniently located at the intersection of Route 85 and Mt. Vickery Roads.

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.
Lorraine Estella
Lorraine Estella
205 Turnpike Rd • Southborough, MA  01772
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Direct: 508-449-4119 • Phone: 508-480-8800
Cell: 508-726-3809 • Fax: 508-449-4119
Website: www.LorraineEstella.com
Email: LMESTELLA@charter.net


Charming antique located on .70 acre near the Southborough side of Ashland. Close proximity to the commuter rail & Rt 9. Great location for commuting. Some amenities include insulated whole house in 1990, Pella windows, wood siding, updated furnace, breakers, updated 3 bedroom septic system. This home has the charm of yesteryear but some of the updates of today. Picturesque lot with loads of privacy.  Six rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and 2 car garage. $319,000. Contact Lorraine at Realty Executives.


Southborough Real Estate Transactions

(click for previous transactions back to July 2, 2007)


158 Parkerville Road


Zhao Hang & Dai Qiong



16 Mt. Vickery Road

Croatti, Donald J.

Lin Tina



120 Woodland Road

Langley, Marie Therese

Henderson, David, G.



61 William Onthank L.

Sims, Elizabeth S.

Chance, Rita



16A Stockwell Lane

Fraser, Paris B.

DeCollibus, Alexandra



14 Valley Road

Cross St. Realty Trust

Schiavo, Stephen B.



105 Middle Road

Hollander, A. Scott

Melaleuca, Inc



78 TNPK Rd, 3, 9 OakHill

Gator Properties

Arista Southboro LLC



Police Log    

1/17/08 Thursday

Traffic Enforcement: School Street at Marlboro Road, Cordaville Road, Woodland Road, Route 9 at Crystal pond

911 Hang ups: Southwood Road

Building and Patrol checks

21:33 erratic operator route 9

20:03 SFD to Ashland with ambulance

15:29 SFD wires down Ted Lane

14:01 ACO Walker St. reporting party abusing cat

13:03 medical Rockpoint Road

09:22 Traffic complaint Tractor Trailer blocking southbound lane route 85 at MA Pike bridge

09:03 MVA Marlboro Road at Sears Road

08:47 Sears Rd. Residential Alarm

02:17 Commercial alarm Main Street

1/16/08 Wednesday

Motor Vehicle Stop Violations: Central Street, Parkerville Road

Radar: Main Street, Middle and Main Street, Central Street, Main Street, Marlboro Road

20:24 Mutual aid, Technology Park, Westborough

19:24 Medical Learned Street

17:48 SFD investigate low hanging wire Ted Lane

17:30 medical route 9 person fell on ice

17:15 CO detector Partridge Hill Road

10:30 Larceny, Route 9

09:20 school resource officer Parkerville Road  More Police Log

January 22, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School Sports
Girls Varsity Gymnastics VS Acton-Boxborough Regional HS Algonquin 7:00pm
January 22, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports
 Boys Freshman Basketball @ **Cancelled - Nashoba Regional HS    3:30pm  
 Girls JV Basketball VS Nashoba Valley Techhs   5:00pm  
 Boys JV Basketball @ Nashoba Valley Techhs    5:30pm  
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Nashoba Valley Techhs   6:30pm  
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Nashoba Valley Techhs    7:00pm

Police Search

January 21, 2008 - State Police helicopter and dog teams joined with Southborough and Marlborough police in looking for a handcuffed suspect in the Northboro Road area earlier this afternoon.  More information will be coming.

Too Cold to Play

January 21, 2008 - The Finn School playground sits idle this afternoon. Most likely due to the cold winds blowing across the fields. Temperatures never went above the 20's in most areas and wind chills made the temperatures seem even colder.

Southborough meetings

January 21 - January 25, 2008





Board of Selectmen Agenda


7:00 PM

Hearing room Town House

Municipal Facilities Committee 1/22 6:30 PM Meeting Room, Fire Station

Board of Assessors


9:00 AM

Hearing Room, Town House

Conservation Commission Agenda 1/24 7:30 PM Hearing Room, Town House
January 21, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School Sports
Boys JV Ice Hockey VS Leominster High School Northstar 9:30am
January 21, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey VS Grafton High School New England 9:20am  
 Boys JV Ice Hockey @ Nashoba Regional HS  Horighin Rink 5:20pm

Senior Center Weekly Schedule

Monday 21

Tuesday 22

Wednesday  23

Thursday 24

Friday 25


MLK Holiday

7:45 Walking Group   8:30 Health Clinic

9:30 the Gadabouts Peabody Essex Museum

      9:30 Mah Jongg  
  11:00 Senior Singers

10:00 AM Pool

10:00 Creative Writers

  11:30 AM Lunch  

11:30 AM Lunch

11:00 AM chair exercise

@ Colonial Gardens

  12:00 Ping Pong 12:00 PM Lunch 12:00 Ping Pong



12:15 PM Pitch

12:00 Widget-Ragtime, Blues and Gershwin

12:15 PM Pitch

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM scrabble

2:00 Fitness

1:00 PM bridge

12:30 Bingo
  1:00 pm water aerobics     1:00 PM water aerobics

Rita F. Delarda

Rita F. (Brigham) Delarda, 87, died Friday after a long period of failing health. She was the wife of the late Charles R. Delarda who died in 1995. Born in Marlborough, daughter of Clifton and Faith (Bellamy) Brigham she lived 42 years in Southborough before returning to Marlborough 9 years ago. She is survived by her sister in law, Lucille Brigham of Marlborough, 2 nieces, Susan O'Malley of Marlborough and Nancy Brigham of Northborough, one nephew, Clifton Brigham of Framingham and several cousins. She was predeceased by her brother Clifton in 2001.Funeral Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in William R. Short and Son Funeral Home, 95 West Main St. Marlborough. Burial in Rural Cemetery, Southborough. No visiting hours.

Upcoming Library Events

Artful Adventures @ the Southborough Library

January 22, 2008 @ 2:30 PM

Grades 1 through 5

Please Register Call: 508-485-5031


The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2)Book Nook

January 22, 2008 @ 6:30

Grades 4 - 6 welcome

We will compare the books the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan and Guardian of Ga'Hoole Book 2 by Kathryn Lasky; Pizza and soda courtesy of Dominos Pizza will be served.


Knitting Classes for grades three and up starting this January, inquire at Library







This weekend, the play Madeline and The Gypsies was performed at the Trottier School.  Pictured to the left are several performers from Southborough who worked so very hard to perform in the ballet. Madeline and the Gypsies was a production of the Metrowest Ballet Company. A job well done!!


Pictured are:


Madeline  (Pony)
Katherine  (Clown)
Chloe'  (Panther)
Selia  (Tight Rope Walker)


Congratulations to the

New England Patriots!!!

On to the Superbowl!!

21 -12


2004 AND 2007


Sponsored by the Algonquin Girls’ Basketball Booster Club


Saturday, January 26, 2008

1-3 p.m.

Algonquin Regional High School

(Enter at the rear of the gymnasium across from the football field)

Bring your camera and for an appreciated donation take your picture with the trophies!

All donations help support our girls’ basketball organization





January 20, 2008 - Pilgrim Church rises above the knoll earlier this week against a brilliant blue sky and crisp white snow.  Next week the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby will take place at Pilgrim Church on Saturday January 26, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

My Car is the Fastest

January 20, 2008 - The pinewood cars get turned in to be set for the race trials this past Saturday.