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May 27 - June 2, 2007

Life flight call

June 2, 2007 - Firefighters and UMASS Life Flight crew load one patient into the helicopter from the MA Pike accident.


On June 2, 2007 Southborough 9-1-1 center received multiple calls for a crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike in the area of the former State Police Barracks.


Ambulance 29 and Engine/Rescue 21 were dispatched.


Arriving firefighters and paramedics encountered an SUV rolled over onto its side, with two passengers ejected one pinned by the vehicle. Firefighters using the Jaws of Life hydraulic rescue tool lifted the vehicle off of, and extricated the severely injured trapped passenger.


Six people were in the vehicle; four were transported to hospitals as follows:


        33 year old male from Rensselaer, NY ejected from vehicle transported via New England Life Flight to U-Mass/Memorial Hospital University Campus with life threatening injuries.

        32 year old male from New York State partially ejected and trapped by the vehicle transported via Southborough Fire Ambulance 29 to U-Mass/Memorial Hospital Marlborough Campus with life threatening injuries.

        34 year old male from Carey, N.C. transported via Southborough Fire Ambulance 28 to U-Mass/Memorial Hospital University Campus with non-life threatening injuries.

        33 year old male from Durham, N.C. transported via Southborough Fire Ambulance 28 to U-Mass/Memorial Hospital University Campus with non-life threatening injuries.


Two other passengers were not injured.


During the incident traffic on the Mass Pike westbound was stopped for a period of time, then lane restrictions were implemented.


Firefighters and paramedics from Southborough were assisted at the scene by two off-duty firefighters one from Boston and the other from Newton that stopped to assist.


An engine from Westborough Fire Department covered Southborough and responded to a separate fire alarm incident during this crash.


All Southborough apparatus cleared the scene at 11:08 AM.

MA Pike Rollover Incident

June 2, 2007 - Firefighters work on victims from the car crash on the MA Turnpike


June 2, 2007 - The Community Church of Southborough on Southville Road will be holding their annual yard sale on June 2, 2007

June is Rivers Month

June 2, 2007 -  Freddie Gillespie founder of the Sudbury River Watershed Organization hands a sample bottle of river water to Riverways representative Cindy Delpapa.  The upper Sudbury River and several tributaries are being sampled by several local watershed groups under a grant from the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

June 1, 2007 - The Southborough Library, 25 Main Street, annual book sale on Saturday June 2 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  This is a major fundraiser for the Friends of the Library. Please support them.

Kitchen Fire

June 1, 2007 Firefighter Tony Alessi emerges from a home on Parkerville Road. A kitchen fire at that residence on May 31, 2007 resulted in minor damage but removal of the oven/range from the home.

Cows jumped over the moon

June 1 - The Breakneck Hill Cow Herd is now on the Breakneck Hill Conservation lands grazing away in this early sunset photo with the moon rising above them.

June 1, 2007 - Linda Hubley     Southborough Conservation Commission Hearing  May 31, 2007   

     At last nights Southborough Conservation Commission a continuation hearing for 40 Southville Road was held. Many of the neighbors of that area attended and read letters or spoke stressing the importance of the wetlands on the property belonging to Capital Group that is slated to be developed. Prior owners had disturbed a wetland stream without permits and neighbors would like to see those wetlands restored and considered as a buffer. Before the letters were read Commissioner Rhonda Russian explained that she had previously excused herself from Capital Groups presentation of the 40 Southville Road property due to her husband Salvatore Giorlandinos position as Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Now that her husband has resigned from the ZBA and is a current selectmen, Commissioner Russian wished to become involved in the Capital Group project before the Southborough Conservation Commission. There were no objections from the ConCom Commissioners but an objection was raised by Mr. William DiPietri on the grounds that he is suing her husband as a former chairperson of the ZBA. Ms Russian strongly objected to that but left the room. She will be seeking an Ethics Panel decision on the situation. The hearing was closed and a decision will be made shortly on the project.

     Another item on the agenda was a presentation made by Troop 92 Boy Scout Phil Kachajian. As an eagle project he proposed to do major maintenance on the Neary Skating rink. His project will clean up the area by removing unwanted brush and vegetation, placing benches, put gravel down and place bird boxes around the area. The Commissioners asked if this would be a one time project. The Scout leader said he was exploring the idea of having future Eagle Scouts follow up on earlier projects to update them. Commissioners said this would be an extremely beneficial project whereas the town is short on resources. Basilio Diaz explained that this project has not been at the top of the list due to the limited town resources. It was unanimously passed. The project is slated to be done sometime in the fall.

     The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority came before the board to present its annual plan for vegetation and weed control. It was explained that the grass median had been removed and paved, thus saving nearly seven years of weed maintenance. They use a combination of weedwhackers, pavement sealing and spraying to control the weeds along the roadway. The Commissioners asked that they submit a supplemental plan showing in more detail spray and no spray zones near wetlands.

     Last on the Agenda was Dave Pellegri of Tetra-Tech Rizzo who spoke to the Commission about the proposed 3 story parking garage containing 556 spaces and located on the existing surface parking lot. Plans show an actual increase in green space. Impact to the wetlands will be minimal and no work would happen in the 20 foot or 100 foot buffer zones. The only change on the plans were to widen an access to allow for firetrucks. A supplemental application was requested to show some of the smaller changes to the plans.

May 31, 2007 - The Southborough Police Department will be holding its 8Th Junior Police Academy on July 23rd through July 27th from 830am-330pm. The Academy, which is held at the Trottier Middle School, is open to boys and girls ages 12-15. The cadets do not have be a Southborough resident. The fee is $40 per cadet. Applications are available at the Southborough Police, 19 Main St. Any questions, contact Officer Kevin   Landry at 508-485-2121.

The tiller waits



May 31, 2007 - The tiller has completed it's springtime ritual and awaits the gardens for next year.  But you don't have to wait there are still garden plots available at the Southborough Community Gardens at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land.  For more information on obtaining a plot call Jean Schnell the community garden coordinator at 508-380-5231.

Got Hay?

May 31, 2007 - This mini goat is enjoying a meal of fresh hay.

May 31, 2007 - Are you prepared?

Linda Hubley (this is the first in a series of helpful hints in emergency preparation for disaster)

Tomorrow, is June 1. What day is it you might ask? Its Friday, end of the work week or the start of vacation. What June 1 is though is the start of the 2007 Hurricane season. So are you prepared? Preparation is the key to facing any emergency or disaster. Although we live in New England which is said to be one of the safest places to reside from natural disasters, it can happen here and it has.

     New England has had its share of Natural disasters. Some of which have hit the Southborough area. Besides Blizzards, heat waves, flooding, severe thunderstorms and blackouts, we have had the Worcester tornado of June 9, 1953 which left 94 people killed, 1288 injured, 10,000 homeless and $52,million in damage (1953 dollars). Hurricanes Carol, Diane, Donna, Esther, Belle, Gloria, Bob and Floyd and the big unnamed Hurricane of 1938 which left over 600 people dead and numerous people injured and homeless. All left varying marks along the landscape due to combination of either high winds, in storm tornados, storm surges and/or severe flooding from heavy rainfall.

    The Town of Southborough, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency - MEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration - NOAA all urge residents to be prepared for yourself, your family and your pet (s). There is a lot of information on the internet on what to do to make preparations.

    Simple supplies can be gathered and kept in backpacks or plastic containers and stored in a closet for emergencies. The most simplest of supplies are needed for emergencies. We are talking basics that could help you survive for 24 to 72 hours. Food should be non-perishable packaged or canned, manual can-opener, paper plates, plastic utensils, snack foods, 1 gallon water per day per person; blankets; spare clothing; first aid, medicine, prescription drugs; special items/food for the elderly or babies; toiletries, hygiene items, moisture wipes; flashlight and batteries; radio, batteries, with NOAA weather radio is advised; fully charged cell phone, batteries (cordless phones will stop working if power outages are long-lasting so you should make sure you have a hard wired phone in your home also); Cash and credit cards (power outages may produce lack of working gas stations, banks and ATMs ); spare keys; board games, playing cards and books; keep vehicle fuel tanks filled; important documents should be kept in a waterproof container (ie copies of insurance); pets dont forget the pets. Pets should be collared, leashed or crated at a shelter that takes pets, proper ID (photos are great for this with you in the photo too), pet immunization records, medications, water and pet food supply for 24 to 72 hours, pet toy and a blanket or towel.

     You should have a plan and all family members should be aware of the plan whether they are at home, school or work. Know the types of hazards that could affect your family and your home and discuss storms and evacuation strategies with the family and lay out the plans to family members. Set up a central meeting place in your home, yard or even miles away from the disaster. Pick out the safest area in your home for any of the hazards that could accompany a hurricane including voluntary evacuation if you know your area may be prone to flooding. Determine your escape routes ahead of time. Because of vulnerability of phone communications you should designate an out of town or out of state friend or relative to contact so all family members have a single point to contact to say they are safe. Post emergency numbers by the phones and teach all the children when it would be necessary to call 911. Check your insurance, if you are in a flood plain you may qualify for flood insurance, regular homeowners insurance usually does not cover flooding. Stock non-perishable foods and a manual can-opener. Have a portable radio with batteries on hand, preferably have a NOAA weather radio with replacement batteries to stay abreast of their announcements or warnings. It is good to take CPR, First aid and disaster preparedness classes. Make prior arrangements with a kennel or stable to house your pets in emergencies or disasters. Most Red Cross shelters will not allow pets in them.

     Southborough is fortunate to be ahead of the game in preparation. You can check www.southboroughfire.org (click the green emergency management bar on the left) for preparation for you and your family or www.southboroughanimaldisasterpreparedness.org for more information on planning for your pets and livestock. Just some simple steps to help you prepare in the event of an emergency whether it is natural or man-made disaster. You can get more information at the following sites: www.ready.gov or http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/intro.shtml


May 30, 2007 -  If this creation could talk it would be saying come visit the final days of the ARHS student exhibit at the Southborough Art Center.  Today is the last day to visit this wonderful exhibit of talented youth. The Art Center is open today from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.

May 30, 2007 - The Southborough Library, 25 Main Street, annual book sale on Saturday June 2 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  This is a major fundraiser for the Friends of the Library. Please support them.

The Darth Vader look

May 30, 2007 - The horse Tye Dye sports a Darth Vader type mask to help keep bugs out of her ears and eyes.


May 30, 2007 - The Community Church of Southborough on Southville Road will be holding their annual yard sale on June 2, 2007.


Almost in


May 29, 2007 - Southborough U10 Scorpions played Milford Hopedale tonight.

Strides across the water


May 29, 2007 - A Common Water strider stealthily crosses the Sudbury River. You can just about pick out the little "cups" on it's legs to help it "walk" on water. Although it looks like it has numerous legs, some are reflections of it's legs on the water surface.


May 29, 2007 - A member of the Algonquin Regional High School Marching Band plays Taps at Burnett Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Happy Birthday Jim!!!

May 28, 2007 - WWII Veteran Jim Denman celebrates 87 years young this Memorial Day.

Remembering those that have gone before us


May 28, 2007 John Wilson about to introduce Father Flynn, St. Matthew Parish for a prayer at Rural Cemetery at the start of Memorial Day ceremonies.

62 years later

May 28, 2007 Southborough's WWII Veterans.


May 28, 2007 - Peter Phaneuf orders the salute. For more photos click here

Algonquin Marching Band

May 28, 2007 Boy Scouts Troop 1 & 92 & Girl Scout troop march in parade.

5/28/2007 Melissa reads the Gettysburg Address at the Civil War Memorial while Laura sings a Patriotic song at the All Wars.


All Southborough Veterans are welcomed to meet at the Community House at the corner of Rt. 30 and Rt. 85 on Monday May 28th at 8:15.

We will then lead the parade for the Memorial Day Observances starting at 9:00 AM

All Veterans are urged to join us.

For more information Contact VFW Commander - Steve Whynot (508-481-2359)

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Please join us in honoring our nation on Memorial Day 2007.

Once again, VFW Post 3276 and Legion Post 161 will lead the Memorial Day Observances starting with the parade through downtown Southborough and visiting the cemeteries along the route before ending our Observance at the All Wars Memorial.

We welcome those from our Fire and Police Departments, the various Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops, the Southborough Men and Militia and joining us on this important day.

For more information Please contact VFW Commander Steve Whynot (508-481-2359).

This is why we observe Memorial Day

Southborough Soldiers who lost their lives. These are just since WWI other names are listed on the four sides of the Civil War Monument across from the Southborough Town House

May 27, 2007 - Memorial Day has become synonymous with the start of summer, picnics, the beach and BBQs. But the Holiday is a reminder of a more somber symbol. Memorial Day had its origins way back during the Civil War when many residents of towns individually were decorating the graves of war veterans. It was General John A. Logan, a national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic that officially declared a national holiday. The first Decoration Day was celebrated on May 30, 1868. New York was the first state to officially observe this new Holiday. Later toward the turn of the 19th century the name Decoration Day became Memorial Day. Congress in 1971 passed the National Holiday Act that made for three-day weekends on National Holidays. Thus Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday of May. A resolution was passed in December 2000 that at 3:00 PM on the day that Memorial Day is celebrated it is voluntarily requested that all Americans stop to remember in silence or to the sound of taps those that have given their lives in service to their country.

Pink cast to match the pink flowers

May 27, 2007 - Emmy assists with selling flowers at Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist shop this morning.

Updated police log:  Monday May 21, 2007 - 21:19 Barking Dog Complaint Cordaville Road,    18:23 Traffic Complaint, Sears Road, Landscape trailer causing traffic hazard along roadside.                 

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Flags of our fathers

May 27, 2007 A Veteran's grandson replaces an old flag with a new one.

May 27, 2007 - A Scout looks for another marker in which to place a new flag Friday night.

Along the Wachusett Aqueduct

May 27, 2007 - Lazy day along the aqueduct off Northborough Road.