Loose Dogs: Animal Control Officer, Leslie Boardman:
508.485.7817 Leash Law: All dogs in Southborough must be in control at all
times. Any dog found to be in violation and picked up by the Animal
Control Officer will be subject to an initial fine of $15.00 plus
For Project Smile update, Calendar of Events and
March 8, 2008 - Another group of Trottier
students at International Day. Spain was their project and they
presented photos, food and items from Spain.
an informed voter
Town Meeting will be held beginning
Monday, April 14, 2008 @ 7:00 PM
Trottier Middle School
49 Parkerville Road
Warrant articles will be published shortly and the Southborough News will
tell you when and how to pick up a copy. They will be available the
night of town meeting also. The following website has working numbers and
figures being addressed by the Southborough Advisory and Selectmen.
March 7, 2008 - Channel 7 Weatherman Jeremy
Reiner introduced third grade students at the Woodward Elementary School the
basics of giving the weather on television. The students presented
Jeremy with an umbrella signed by all of the children in third grade.
Look for mention of the Woodward School visit this Saturday during his
weather forecast around 10:15 AM.
Tickets purchased at the door on the evening
of the Talent Show will be $15.00 if available
Tonight at the
& Special Guest Marc Douglas Berardo
Tickets $12 in advance/$15 at the door
"Everything Red Molly sings is delivered with tick-tight arrangements,
crystalline vocals, and caramel harmonies. But what is most striking is the
ardor they bring to everything they do, whether snuggling into the sweet
parochialism of an old spiritual, or the gritty pathos of a Gillian Welch
tune. They come on less like stars strutting for their minions than pals
sharing their favorite songs. In the friendly world of the coffeehouse, that
remains a starmaking quality." -Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe
(file photo Sudbury River, Southborough White
Trottier International Day
March 7, 2008 - According to the National
Weather Service there will be two slugs of heavy rain coming through
Massachusetts, from west to east, beginning this evening. The first burst
of heavy rain will end before dawn, with the second, heavier slug beginning
by noon, lasting through midnight on Saturday. Some thunderstorm activity
may also occur. Rainfall amounts are expected to be two to four inches with
locally higher amounts possible. There is a potential for widespread minor
to moderate flooding with this event. The melting snowpack, particularly in
Southern New Hampshire, could also elevate these totals.
There will be very strong winds, particularly
in Southeastern Massachusetts. All south facing coastal areas including
Cape Cod and the Islands will be susceptible to some coastal flooding and
splash over with the combination of strong winds and a high spring tide. A
two to three foot surge is anticipated with potentially higher surge amounts
moving west from Cape Cod.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
will continue to monitor this event and provide updates as necessary.
FLOODING SAFETY TIPS
and Warmer Temperatures Melting Winter Snowpack Present Flooding Threat
FRAMINGHAM, MA – “As the Commonwealth prepares
for the approaching storm, with its strong winds and driving rains, the
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has issued a number of safety tips
to assist residents regarding the potential of flooding throughout the
region,” stated MEMA Director Don Boyce. “Flooding continues to be the most
common and costly type of emergency Massachusetts faces, annually.”
CONTINUALLY MONITOR THE MEDIA – Be aware of
the storm’s impact on your community.
MONITOR STREAM AND URBAN STREET FLOODING –
For those living in areas that are prone to localized flooding, closely
watch small streams and low-lying areas for early flooding. Make sure
street catch basins are cleared.
ENSURE YOUR HOME IS READY – Minimize damage
from basement flooding by elevating utilities, and materials that could
be damaged by limited basement flooding.
HEED EVACUATION REQUESTS – Listen to local
Public Safety officials. Follow recommended evacuation routes, shortcuts
may be blocked or dangerous.
DO NOT WALK THROUGH FLOWING WATER –
Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Most of these
drownings occur during flash floods. Flash flood waters move at very
fast speeds and can roll boulders, sweep away cars, tear out trees,
destroy buildings, and obliterate bridges. Six inches of swiftly moving
water can knock you off of your feet. If you must walk through a flooded
area, use a pole or stick to ensure that the ground is still there and
solid, even where the water is not flowing.
DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH A FLOODED AREA – More
people drown in their cars than anywhere else. Cars can be swept away in
just 2 feet of moving water. Do not drive around road barriers. They are
there for a reason. The road or bridge may be washed out or structurally
unsound. If your car becomes trapped in floodwaters, abandon it
immediately and climb to higher ground. Many deaths have resulted from
attempts to move stalled vehicles.
AVOID POWER LINES AND ELECTRICAL WIRES –
Electrocution is also a major killer in floods. Electrical current can
travel through water. Report downed power lines to your utility company
or local emergency manager. Always assumed a downed wire is a live wire.
LOOK BEFORE YOU STEP – After a flood, the
ground and floors are covered with debris, including broken bottles and
nails. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be very
BE ALERT FOR GAS LEAKS – Do not turn on
electric lights, but use a flashlight to inspect for damage. A spark
from the light switch could cause an explosion or fire. Do not smoke or
use candles, lanterns or open flames unless you are sure that the gas
has been turned off and the area has been aired out.
CARBON MONOXIDE EXHAUST KILLS – Only use
camping stoves, generators or other gasoline-powered machines outdoors.
Fumes from charcoal are especially deadly, so never use indoors.
CLEAN EVERYTHING THAT GETS WET –
Floodwaters have probably picked up sewage and chemicals from roads,
farms and factories. Spoiled food and flooded medicines and cosmetics
are health hazards. When in doubt, throw them away.
BE PREPARED FOR A ROUGH TIME – Recovering
from a flood is a big job. It is rough on the body and the spirit. The
aftereffects of this type of disaster on you and your family may last a
long time. Consult a health professional on how to recognize and care
for anxiety, stress and fatigue.
MEMA officials also remind residents who have
experienced flood damage to take photographs as soon as possible. Those who
have a flood insurance policy should contact the insurance company or agent
who wrote the policy as soon as possible in order to file a claim. The
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administers the National Flood
Insurance Program (NFIP) through the Federal Insurance Administration (FIA).
The NFIP makes flood insurance available in communities that adopt and
enforce ordinances to reduce flood damage.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local,
voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans
for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency
personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and
assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate
against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both
natural and man made.
Ellen Hoffman will present her entertaining
“Making Music” program for young children. This program is generously
funded by the Friends of the Southborough Public Library.
and MassAudubon would like to remind anyone with an interest in birds
that there is still time to sign up for a statewide bird conference to
be held on Saturday, March 15 at Bentley College in Waltham! This is
MassAudubon’s 16th year organizing this meeting and this
year, for the first time MassWildlife is co-sponsoring the conference.
"Massachusetts Birds: Our Common Wealth and Natural Heritage" is packed
with workshops and lectures on research findings, waterfowl
identification, youth bird clubs, conservation stamps, bird calls,
habitat management techniques for birds in decline and many other topics
of interest. Presentations will be offered by a variety of professionals
from state agencies and conservation organizations.
you feed birds at home, seek birds with binoculars, spotting scopes or
hunting gear, this is the conference for you! Visit displays and
exhibits offered by bird oriented groups and businesses and lunch with
bird enthusiasts from all walks of life! Proceeds from the Birders
Meeting will support MassAudubon's Important Bird Area (IBA) program and
MassWildlife's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP).
Our dedicated team is training hard for
the Boston Marathon, and met recently
Association Race Director Dave
McGillivray. Give them
your support. Just CLICK on the Team in
their MOVE shirts and read all about
them at their Blog.
We need you! Our programs can't be
successful without the dedication of
volunteers. Find out how you can
7, 2008 - Many people have called, emailed or stopped me on the street to
ask how my mom who has Alzheimer’s is doing. Well, she is doing the best she
can. It’s a horrible disease that wipes out your memory. She has good days
and bad days remembering who we are. However, this disease has totally
opened our eyes to the type of care that is out there. We had searched for
what we thought would be the best assisted living home for mom and thought
we had found the right place in October. But a few days after Christmas mom
had tried to leave the home several times and they advised that she needed
to be sent to a hospital for evaluation and medication. (Mom never even took
aspirin). After three weeks in the hospital, mom went back to the assisted
living facility. On the second night she caused too much of a commotion for
them and they called my sister and brother to have her taken out. With no
where to go, mom is staying at my sister’s house. At the end of January we
hired a caregiver through an agency that takes care of patients of
Alzheimer’s at home. We thought that this would work out good. However, last
week in the bitter cold my sister got a phone call at work from the local
police that a neighbor had spotted mom walking aimlessly around outside. The
police had arrived and called the fire department. My sister had them search
the house for the caregiver but she was no where to be found. Apparently she
had put something against the door, didn’t call or tell anyone she was
leaving to go do her own errands or appointment and mom somehow got out of
the house. Mom was found outside with no jacket or hat on and totally
confused. Needless to say the caregiver has since been fired. But it is hard
enough for a family to deal with this disease and yet have to deal with
finding the proper care, financing and working through the emotions that run
through this disease for all concerned, patient, friend and family. I thank
everyone for their kindness and comfort through these trying times.
March 6, 2008 - Officer Landry starts
fingerprinting the first of many young children who came to get their ID
packet and be fingerprinted through a program run by the Southborough Youth
and Family Services along with the Prudential Financial ID a Kid program.
Below, getting the fingers dirty on purpose.
Springtime is almost here
March 6, 2008 - Don't forget Daylight Savings
time begins at 2:00 AM Sunday morning. Set your clocks ahead one hour.
Yes we lose an hour's sleep this weekend. It is also a good idea to
change your batteries in your smoke and CO detectors if you have not done
CSX track work to create
Worcester/Framingham commuter line will be
impacted for one week
Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR),
provider of commuter rail service to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation
Authority, would like customers to be aware that CSX, which owns the
railroad right-of-way and is responsible for track maintenance on the
Worcester/Framingham Commuter Rail Line, will replace rails beginning on
Sunday, March 9th with work expected to conclude at the end of Monday, March
17th. At the request of the MBTA and MBCR, CSX has staggered the
project schedule to minimize delays for commuter rail customers. As a
result of this project, certain off peak MBTA commuter rail trains (outbound
and inbound) will experience delays of up to at least 30 minutes.
Passengers should also be aware that morning rush hour trains may experience
up to 10 minute delays due to temporary speed restrictions that will be in
place until the work is complete. We apologize for any inconvenience you
experience because of this project.
Work will take place as follows:
Duration: Sunday, March 9th through Wednesday,
Sunday, March 9
Train #562, #564, #565, #566, and #567, can expect delays between 20 and 30
Monday, March 10 through Wednesday, March 12
The following trains can expect delays of up to
OUTBOUND: Train #533, #535, #537, and #539
INBOUND: Train #534, #536, #538, and #540
No work will be performed March 13th through
Duration: Sunday, March 16th through Monday, March
Delays: Sunday, March 16
Train #552, #553, #556,
and #557 will be bused between Grafton and
Train#560 and #561 will
not be bused but can expect delays between 20 and 30
minutes between Grafton and Worcester.
Train #509, #513, #518
and #524 will be bused between Grafton and
Train#519 and #530 will
not be bused but can expect delays between 20 and 30
minutes between Grafton and Worcester.
March 5, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School
no events scheduled
March 5, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School
Springtime getting Closer
March 5, 2008 - Seedlings sit in pots awaiting
the warmer weather and gardeners to get busy. Southborough advertiser
Farms and Garden Center still has plenty of unique gifts, gourmet foods,
spring wreaths, flowers to get you geared up for the upcoming garden season.
Need a quick gift and don't have the time to travel out of town go to
Gulbankian Farms and Garden Center conveniently located directly across the
street from the Post Office and Dunkin Donuts.
5, 2008 - (file photo) At last night’s selectmen’s meeting, Pam Le
Francois, Director of the Southborough Senior Center, discussed a grant for
$3,000 to purchase two new computers and do some rewiring for computer use.
The older computers will be utilized for seniors at the center. The
Selectmen gave their approval for the grant.
Representatives from Tufts and Fallon insurance
presented more information to the selectmen about the Retiree’s health
insurance section 18. Two plans the Fallon Senior Plan and the Tufts
medicare preferred plan. Selectmen wanted to make sure that if retirees
moved out of state that they would still be covered and they wanted to
ensure that retirees currently using Southborough Medical Group could still
use them. Representatives of the plans did say that there would be a plan
that would involve SMG and that there are plans that cover residents that
live out of state after retirement. One plan gives the option for a retiree
to be out of state for up to six months, another plan for up to three months
out of state. Several questions raised by the selectmen and retirees in the
audience will go back to the health company managers for answers. Selectmen
have until early 2009 to iron out any problems or questions raised about the
plans for seniors and retirees. All retirees will have to move to a senior
plan with no exceptions according to the answer received by Mr. Boland from
the Health Care representatives. Selectmen Giorlandino said to the
representatives, “I am all for saving money and don’t want the consumer
ending up paying more and getting less.” Selectmen Boland also concurred
that he would like to see the savings but wants to make sure that we
(Southborough) have the best of plans available to the retirees.”
In other business, Treasurer, Brian Ballentine,
brought up the issue that there currently is no written policy about
eligibility for retiree’s health insurance. It has been his practice to deny
health insurance coverage to those retirees that have previously retired and
not taken out insurance prior to retirement. Former Southborough elementary
school teacher Karen Hierman and her husband attended the meeting. During
her working years, she was under her husband’s retirement policy. A few
years before thinking of retirement she asked if she would be able to get
coverage at a later time from the town. She was given an affirmative twice.
When she did go to get the insurance after retirement she was told she could
not do that. She said she had given her all to the town’s school children
and now the town is not giving her what she was told she could have prior to
her retirement. Mr. Ballentine and the Selectmen discussed that this is why
there needs to be a written policy in place. Selectmen asked Brian and Town
Administrator Jean Kitchen to look into nearby towns to see what is in their
eligibility to retire policies. All will come back with their opinions on
what should be stated in the new Southborough written policy.
Selectmen also awarded contracts for the Town
House Space Planning, a new Hydraulic Power unit replacement for the
transfer station, and issued a Class II license to Southboro Auto Body and
Auto Sales, Inc of 355 Turnpike Road (formerly Watson Auto Body) for
continued use as an auto body shop and used car sales for up to 14 vehicles.
Hours will be 8:00 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday and 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Saturday and closed on Sundays. Selectmen also approved a revised INET
proposal from Verizon.
5, 2008 - (file photo -Tara Rd tank) Selectmen and DPW Superintendent
discussed the warrant article for the Water division. Discussions were held
with a handful of audience members that have been attending the ongoing
lengthy discussions regarding where to place a new water tank, pumping and
water pipe infrastructure and the current storage capacity and water
pressure problems throughout town. At the last DPW planning Board meeting,
it was decided to negate the sites mentioned in the water studies and pursue
a location on the Flately property behind the Red Roof Inn for a new water
storage tank. What the DPW and the town of Southborough will place in the
article for this year’s annual town meeting is Article 19 which would
appropriate $1,035,000 for the purpose of water system improvements. This
sum will include $375,000 to upgrade the current water distribution system
telemetry control system to a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
system (SCADA), $160,000 to replace and upgrade the system’s pressure relief
valves and associated piping, $350,000 to purchase, replace and install
water main and $150,000 for the purpose of reworking the Water System Master
Plan and for engineering design for Boland Station upgrades and other system
The neighborhood groups that have been
attending these meetings are in support of passage of this article. They
also emphasized and so did Selectman Phaneuf that it is imperative that the
town pursue the Flatley parcel for acquisition and construction of a new
tank that is needed to alleviate the town’s storage and water pressure
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On March 7th we are delighted
to welcome Red Molly. Please note that this is a Friday concert.
In the wee small hours of a summer night,
a group of singer-songwriter friends gathered to share their latest
tunes at a hilltop campsite at the 2004 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. The
song circle grew smaller as, one by one, sleepy campers drifted off to
their tents, leaving only Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner, and
Carolann Solebello in the citronella-scented candlelight. Not yet ready
to call it a night, these women, who had long admired each other’s solo
work, began sharing favorite songs by other songwriters. Before long,
Laurie, Abbie and Carolann were singing their fellow campers off to
sleep in three-part harmony on songs by contemporary writers like
Gillian Welch and Iris DeMent, bluegrass standards, old-time southern
gospel, and classic American tunes. And before the sun rose on
Hillsdale, NY, Red Molly was born.
In July 2006, Red Molly’s first
full-length offering, Never Been to
Vegas, was released. Recorded on a chilly December evening
before a warm studio audience of fans and friends, Never Been to Vegas is a
collection of 14 carefully-chosen songs that span more than a century of
great American songwriting.
The magic of Red Molly likely stems from
the richness and diversity of each member's "pre-Molly" experiences.
Laurie (vocals, guitar, banjo) left a career in psychology to pursue
music. She worked for several years as a backup singer, and also
released two solo albums, These Old
Clothes (1999) and The
Things I Choose To Do (2004). Abbie (vocals, Dobro, guitar)
studied classical flute as a child and directed/arranged a cappella
music at Boston University. In 2004, she released her first solo album,
My Craziest Dream, with
her father (jazz pianist Herb Gardner), and is influenced by her
mother’s longtime love of bluegrass music. In 2006, Abbie released a
second solo album, Honey on My Grave.
Carolann (vocals, guitar, bass, mandolin) spent several years as a
professional theatre actor before releasing her solo album, Just Across the Water, in
2000. She went on to release two albums with power folk quartet CC
Railroad, Smile Whatever
(2001) and Black Horse Motel
March 5, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School
no events scheduled
March 5, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School
Don't forget to Recycle
March 4, 2008 - Southborough encourages
recycling for more information on the Southborough DPW transfer station and
Movie Tickets available through the
Southborough Recreation Department. They can also be picked up at the
Southborough Senior Center at 9 Cordaville Road. Tickets cost $6.50
Southborough Kindergroup Easter Egg Hunt!!!
Kindergroup’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place at
The Community House
Saturday, March 15, 2008, at 10 a.m.
Meet the Easter Bunny
basket and join us outside to collect a dozen Easter eggs each.
appropriately for outdoor fun!!
(in case of inclement weather the event
will be held indoors)
forget your camera to capture your little ones in action
and the bunny will be on hand for photos
All kindergroup members and
their families, as well as alumni, are invited to attend.
bring 12 pre-filled colored plastic Easter eggs for each
participating child and place them in the bin in the
coffee room by 3/14. Eggs can be filled with small toys,
stickers, or wrapped candies.
(please no nuts!)
For more information you
may contact one of our committee members:
March 4, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School
no events scheduled
March 4, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School
How Many Times?
March 3, 2008 - It seems like the never ending
winter as the sidewalk thrower once again clears the sidewalks of Southville
Westborough 41, ARHS 36
The ARHS Girls Basketball Team had
a lot of supporters at last night's game.
William N. Davis Jr.
William N. Davis Jr, 89, a life long
resident of Southborough, died peacefully on February 26, 2008, at
his home after a period of declining health.
He was the husband of Jeanne (Offutt) Davis for the past 64 years.
Born in Marlborough, he was the son of the late William N. and Eva
Belle (Landry) Davis.
Mr. Davis was a 1937 graduate of the former Peter's High School in
Southborough and earned his bachelor's degree from Bates College in
Lewiston, ME in 1941. He served in the US Army during WWII.
Following the war, he worked as a claims adjuster for the insurance
industry. While his children were growing up, he enjoyed
volunteering in town with the Little League, the Cub Scouts, and the
Boy Scouts. He also was a charter member and a past president of the
Southborough Historical Society. After he retired, he worked for the
former State Lumber of Marlborough.
Mr. Davis enjoyed gardening, astronomy, vacationing on the coast of
Maine, and most of all, spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his children: William N. Davis
III and his wife Linda of Northborough; Edward Davis and his wife
Sara of Southborough; Laura Gould and her husband Warren of Valley
Cottage, NY; Margaret Hart and her husband Stephen of Southborough;
two brothers: Dr. John Davis of E. Lansing MI and Walter Davis of
Wellesley; seven grandchildren, Edward and Kathryn Davis, Alison,
Jessica, and Elizabeth Hart, Aaron Gould and his wife Lisa, Julian
Gould and his wife Elizabeth;a great granddaughter, Kate Gould. He
is predeceased by his brother, Charles, and three sisters, Vesta,
Delia and Mary.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 14th from 5:00 to 7:00
pm at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, in Southborough. (Morrisfuneralparlor.com
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 15th at 11:00 am
at the First Community Church, 137 Southville Road, in Southborough.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the First
Community Church or to the Southborough Historical Society, 17
Common Street, Southborough, MA 01772.
Gerald L. Smith, M.D
Gerald L. Smith, M.D. died on March 1, 2008 at
home in Southborough after a long illness. He was 70 years old. He leaves
his wife Mary E. (Reidy) (Chamberlin) Smith and five children. Paul
Chamberlin, M.D. and wife Maria Aristondo of LaJolla, CA; Christine
Chamberlin and wife Melissa Jacks of Shrewsbury; Joseph Chamberlin and wife
Anne Chamberlin of Milton; Kate Chamberlin of Brookline; and Patrick A.
Smith of Boston. He also leaves a brother, Lawrence D. Smith and wife
Stephanie of Ramsey, NJ; and Richard P. Smith of Longwood, FL. He was the
son of the late Abraham Smith and Evelyn (Rosenberg) Smith. He also leaves
six grandchildren, Sean Garofalo, Lucas and Elene Chamberlin, Ava and
Katherine Jacks and Kylie Chamberlin.
Dr. Smith graduated from Boston University School of Communications and from
the Columbia Graduate School of Business Administration and worked for
several years in Marketing and Advertising in New York. Later he decided on
a major career change and received an M.D from the Universidad Autonoma de
Guadalajara in Guadalajara Mexico.
He then interned at Framingham Union Hospital, Framingham MA and later
completed the Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of
Massachusetts Medical School, where he held the rank of Assistant Clinical
He was an attending psychiatrist on staff at the University of Massachusetts
Medical School at Worcester and at the Herbert Lipton Community Mental
Health Center in Leominister. He retired in 2001.
Dr. Smith served in the U.S Army Reserve.
A celebration of life will be held at the First Parish in Framingham, 24
Vernon St., Framingham, Tues. March 4, at 11 AM.. Relatives and friends
March 3, 2008 - Caught in the glow of the
morning sun, this squirrel seems to begin its warmups for the day.
March 3, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School
no events scheduled
March 3, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School
10:30 story and craft 4-5 years
3:30 2nd/3rd grade book club
10:30 story and crafts 2 - 3 yrs
7:00 PM parent workshop social and peer
10:30 story and craft 2 - 5 yrs
3:30 knitting class
6:30 YA book group
11:00 music &mother goose 0 - 2 yrs
7:30 Crochet class
2:00 Ellen Hoffman Musical program for
Collecting the dough
March 3, 2008 - More photos from Troop 1
Boyscout's 39th Annual Pancake Breakfast. Below, selling raffle tickets and
washing dishes kept scouts busy all morning.
Scout 39th Annual Pancake Breakfast
March 2, 2008 - Troop one Members serve up
delicious pancakes this today. The pancake breakfast is the troops
primary fundraiser and proceeds from this event support the activities of
the Scouts throughout the year, including camping, hiking, cycling,
canoeing, summer camp, various community service projects and the big trip
scheduled every 4 years.
William "Dick" Robinson
SOUTHBOROUGH- William "Dick" Robinson, 77, of
Southborough, died on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at home. He was the husband
of 42 years to Rita (Peacock) Robinson.
Born in Westborough, he was the son of the late Ford and Pauline (Nichols)
Robinson. He was educated in Westborough and Northborough schools and
graduated from Worcester Trade School
During the Korean conflict he served with the U.S. Air Force. He was
honorably discharged as a First Sergeant Air Force Jet Bomber Mechanic.
Mr. Robinson owned and operated a gas station and auto repair shop for over
50 years and was known as the best mechanic in town. He also worked for
Federal Express for several years.
He enjoyed football and assisted at Algonquin Regional with the football
program. He was an avid Patriots fan, enjoyed hunting in Pennsylvania.
In addition to his wife he is survived by one son, Gene C. Robinson of
Southborough; one brother, Harold Robinson of Wareham; two sisters, May
Erlandson of Leominster and Barbara Houghton of Bolton; a sister in law,
Sosie Robinson and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by David Robinson, Donald Robinson, John Robinson, Marie
and Ralph Smith, Al Erlandson and his beloved step mother, Ruth Robinson.
His funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 8, at 10:30 A.M. in the
Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St.,
Westborough. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Rural Cemetery,
Calling hours at the funeral home are Friday, March 7, from 4 to 8 P.M.
In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the American
Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701
Donald Clarke Lea
Of Ayer, Massachusetts, passed away
peacefully at home, with family at his
side, on February 26. Son of Lorne
Fisher and Agnes Clarke Lea, he was born
on August 20, 1927 in Concord, New
Hampshire. He is survived by his wife of
54 years, Elinor Bakun Lea, by sons
Chris (Theresa Corless) of Pine,
Colorado, Peter (Linda Oliver) of
Brunswick, Maine, Tim (Beth Harlacher)
of Warwick, Rhode Island, and Scott
(Cindy Bruckner) of Richland,
Washington, and grandchildren Jennifer,
Matthew, Nathan, Rachel, Andrew,
Colleen, and Hannah. Don attended the
St. Paul's School of Concord, New
Hampshire, and received Bachelor of
Science and Master of Science degrees in
Chemical Engineering at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
where he was captain of the men's ice
hockey team. He served as a Corporal in
the U.S. Army at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin,
from March 6, 1946 to April 15, 1947. He
worked at American Cyanamid in Bound
Brook, NJ, where he met his wife Ellie,
and in Stamford, Connecticut before
beginning a 41-year career in teaching
science at Phillips Exeter Academy in
Exeter, New Hampshire, The Hill School
in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Saint Mark's
School in Southborough, Massachusetts,
and Groton School in Groton,
Massachusetts. He coached soccer, hockey
and lacrosse throughout this span. He
retired from Groton School in 1996.
Always one to hide his light under a
bushel, Don was known for his dedication
to his students in teaching and
coaching, for his occasionally eruptive
in-class chemistry demonstrations, for
his support of women's education and
careers in the sciences, for his love of
travel and geography, for his subtle and
wry sense of humor, for 77 years of
patience with the Red Sox, for his
support of the Earth's environment, for
his support of local libraries, for his
determination, optimism, and courage in
the face of a debilitating illness, and
for his love for and devotion to Ellie
and his family. A memorial service will
be held in St. John's Chapel at Groton
School at 282 Farmers Row in Groton at
4:00 PM on Saturday, March 8th with a
reception to follow. In lieu of flowers,
memorial donations may be made to the
American Cancer Society, the Lawrence
Library, 15 Main Street, Pepperell, MA
01463, or VNACare Hospice, 120 Thomas
Street, Worcester, MA 01608.
Extreme Home Makeover.
March 2, 2008 - A friend from Southborough of Paul Giunta sent
this info along. If you've been following the story Extreme Makeover
has built a new house in Maynard for this family. Paul Giunta, Jr. was
married to his wife Renee. They had 2 boys ages 2 & 4 and his third child
(a daughter) was born in late March 2006. A single car accident left Paul
in intensive care - with not much hope of survival. But, if you knew the
Giunta family, you would know why they would have hope even in the face of
hopelessness - they are just that kind of family. And now, almost 2 years
to the day, they have been selected by ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition.
Ty & crew are in Maynard right now, preparing a new home that Paul will be
able to finally live in with his family. (To date, since his release from
the hospital Paul (Jr.) has been living with his folks, Pam and Paul (Sr.),
as their house is more accessible.)
Paul's sister Laurie has been providing frequent updates to friends & family
via the carepages website. The story is really incredible - at points it is
certain that others would have given up when they pressed on (the most
recent setback was this Christmas when Medicaid notified them coverage would
be dropped as of New Years) And while there is still a long road to
recovery, there is no doubt that they will use this blessing to the fullest