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March 2, 2008  to  March 8, 2008

Buy Girl Scout Cookies

March 8, 2008 - Girl Scouts from Troop 2772 will be selling cookies in front of Starbucks until 12:00 Noon today.  So stop buy and pick up a box or two or more to freeze for future snack attacks.

Need that Umbrella for today

March 8, 2008 - Jeremy Reiner from Channel 7 news accepts the signed umbrella presented to him by the Woodward School third graders.



 Don't forget to change your clocks tonight. We go ahead one hour for daylight savings time at 2:00 AM Sunday.

Gloomy Start

March 8, 2008 - Ice is starting to break up on the reservoirs.  A heavy mist lays over the island off of White Bagley Road.  Heavy rains are predicted for this afternoon and tonight.

Brunch is Served

March 8, 2008 - Yesterday the Southborough Senior Center served up brunch with a wonderful array of pancakes, toast, fruit, coffee and tea.

Aztec Two-Step

will perform at

The Grange Hall Coffeehouse

91 Old County Rd, East Sandwich, MA

April 12, 2008  8:00pm


to order on-line www.grangehallcoffeehouse.org

phone orders or questions: 508-418-0888


Aztec Two - Step recently appeared in Southborough at the Steeple Coffeehouse.  If you loved their music, you might want to follow them down to this engagement in Sandwich, MA.



Dog Licenses:  2008 will be available March 1st.

The licensing period is April 1st – March 31st. All dogs six months of age and older must be licensed with the Town Clerk.

A $10 late fee will be charged for each dog not licensed by June 1st, plus penalties.

New puppies over 6 months - 30 days to license
NEW to Town:
just moved to Southborough - 30 days to license.

Current rabies vaccination must be provided.

Apply by Mail - Click here for application

Fees:  payment is cash or check.

$10.00 (NOT spayed/neutered)

$6.00 (spayed or neutered with vet certificate)

     ANIMAL EMERGENCIES - Police 508.485.7817

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 boarding fees.


For Project Smile update, Calendar of Events and Website

Click Here

International Day

March 8, 2008 - Another group of Trottier students at International Day.  Spain was their project and they presented photos, food and items from Spain.

Be 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.

Click Here


Woodward School gets the scoop on Weather

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.

Don't Miss. . .

The 2008 Southborough Rotary Club

Talent Show

Friday, March 7, 2008, 7:00 p.m.

Trottier Middle School Auditorium

Tickets ordered in advance at dietz@charter.net are $10.00

Tickets purchased at the door on the evening of the Talent Show will be $15.00 if available


Tonight at the

Steeple Coffeehouse

7:30 PM

Red Molly

Red Molly

& Special Guest Marc Douglas Berardo

Tickets $12 in advance/$15 at the door
Students/Seniors $10

"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

Marc Douglas Berardo's Web Site

(file photo Sudbury River, Southborough White water rapids)

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.


Heavy Rains 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 slippery.

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.

For additional information about MEMA and Flooding Issues, go to www.mass.gov/mema

 Southborough Public Library on March 8th at 2:00

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.

MassWildlife Advisory

MassWildlife 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. 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.

Whether 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). 

A link to conference program registration materials and program information can be found on the front page of MassWildlife’s website at www.mass.gov/masswildlife or by calling Linda Cocca at MassAudubon at (781) 259-2151 or e-mail birdersmeeting@massaudubon.org.

Events & Essentials E-news
March 2008

In the News...

Almost half of residents with advanced dementia in nursing homes are given antibiotics in the last two weeks of life, according to a new study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. What's not clear is whether that therapy has any benefits, such as prolonging life or improving the quality of life. Read more in HealthDay. [Click Here]
Join the Fight!   May 12-14 
Family Holiday
Research funding for Alzheimer's needs your support.
Public Policy Forum
Once a year we gather in D.C. to bring our message to Congress. Every voice counts! Former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry gives strategy tips at this exciting 3-day event.
Contact Jennifer Seuss, Manager of Advocacy & Public Policy, for info CALL 617.868-6718. [Click Here] to e-mail!

Helpline 24/7 & Care Consultation

There is a place where you can ask about Alzheimer's.
Family HolidayIt's confidential, it's available 24/7/365.
CALL 800.272.3900 or
Contact us Helpline Online  

Call Your State Senator TODAY!

Don't Miss Your Chance to Make a Difference
If you do only one thing today--make the call, send the e-mail that says: "I want quality care available for all Alzheimer's patients in nursing homes; I support the Senate Bill 425."
E-mail and get the facts. 

Featured Program

Did you or someone close to you just receive an Alzheimer's diagnosis? Learn practical information and helpful tips for managing your new challenge.
Getting Started (March programs)
3/10 Natick
3/12 Harvard, Middleboro
3/27 Springfield
Call 617.868.6718 to register 
For a complete list of programs [Click Calendar]
Run for the Memory - Marathon Team 

Family Holiday

Our dedicated team is training hard for the Boston Marathon, and met recently with Boston Athletic 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 help.

Research Forum

March 26, Lexington
Sign-up today!
Meet MA researchers.
 Hear about the research the Alzheimer's Association funds.
CLICK on the brain to reserve your space at this exciting event.
6:00 Reception
7:00 Program
Join Our Mailing List 
Support Groups
Hundreds of Groups meet across MA - find one near you.
  [Learn More]
Having Your Say...
The Early Stage Advisory Group is being launched in Spring 2008 to give early-stage persons & their care partners a voice in the work of the Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter.
APPLY to be a Member
on our Home Page.

Early Bird Special

MR logoSign up by April 1st &  receive a  Memory Ride
jersey*   *2004, 2005, 2006 only.  Sizes subject to availability. 
ALL riders receive Memory Ride custom made Tour Vitesse cycling gloves.
Visit Memory Ride for info & registration.
Take Action!
Donate to the LIVE AUCTION for our Night at the Pops!

Our Vision:  a world without Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts Chapter
311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472
regional offices:
Lowell, Sandwich, Springfield and Worcester, MA and Bedford, NH
617.868.6718   /   800.272.3900 24/7 Helpline

March 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 so.

CSX track work to create some delays

Worcester/Framingham commuter line will be impacted for one week

Start Date: 3/5/2008 End Date: Email: jpesaturo@mbta.com

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:

Phase 1

Sunday, March 9th through Wednesday, March 12th.


Sunday, March 9
Train #562, #564, #565, #566, and #567, can expect delays between 20 and 30 minutes.

Monday, March 10 through Wednesday, March 12

The following trains can expect delays of up to 30 minutes.

OUTBOUND: Train #533, #535, #537, and #539
INBOUND: Train #534, #536, #538, and #540

No work will be performed March 13th through 15th.

Phase 2

Sunday, March 16th through Monday, March 17th.
Sunday, March 16

Train #552, #553, #556, and #557 will be bused between Grafton and Worcester.

Train#560 and #561 will not be bused but can expect delays between 20 and 30 minutes between Grafton and Worcester.

Monday, March 17

Train #509, #513, #518 and #524 will be bused between Grafton and Worcester.

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 Sports

no events scheduled

March 5, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports
no events scheduled
Springtime getting Closer

March 5, 2008 - Seedlings sit in pots awaiting the warmer weather and gardeners to get busy. Southborough advertiser Gulbankian 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.

March 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.

March 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 improvements.

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 issues.

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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 (2004).

March 5, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School Sports

no events scheduled

March 5, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports
no events scheduled
Don't forget to Recycle

March 4, 2008 - Southborough encourages recycling for more information on the Southborough DPW transfer station and recycling facility click here.

Don't Miss. . .

The 2008 Southborough Rotary Club

Talent Show

Friday, March 7, 2008, 7:00 p.m.

Trottier Middle School Auditorium

Tickets ordered in advance at dietz@charter.net are $10.00

Tickets purchased at the door on the evening of the Talent Show will be $15.00 if available

Water, Ice and tracks

March 4, 2008 - The Middle Road horseshoe falls has been cruising with all the melting snows and rains we have had.  At the top are animal tracks that have crossed the ice pretty close to the opening.

ARHS  Music Schedule

3/5/2008 12:30 PM
District Jazz Festival ARHS
UNH Jazz Festival UNH
3/18/2008 7:30 PM Winter Chorus Concert ARHS
3/26/2008 7:30 PM Jazz Night Concert w/Dave Pietro ARHS
All State Park Plaza - Boston
All State Concert Symphony Hall
State Jazz Finals ARHS/Westboro
Spring/Summer Recreation Brochure now online

March 4, 2008 - Click here for the new brochure.  Haven't checked out the Southborough Recreation site in a while? There is plenty to check out click here.


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 each.

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



Light refreshments

Bring a basket and join us outside to collect a dozen Easter eggs each.

Dress appropriately for outdoor fun!!

(in case of inclement weather the event will be held indoors)

Don’t 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.

To participate:

Please 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:

Chair: Rachael Dietz (485-1515)

Co-chair:  Melissa Shields (303-0414)
Monday:  Michele Hart (329-2098) 
Tuesday:  Anne-Marie Larche (480-0930)
Wed.: Sara Stein (485-1525)
Thurs: Kristin Bard (460-1218)
Fri.:  Jill Dratch (481-7177) 

March 4, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School Sports

no events scheduled

March 4, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports
no events scheduled
How Many Times?

March 3, 2008 - It seems like the never ending winter as the sidewalk thrower once again clears the sidewalks of Southville Road.

Westborough 41, ARHS 36

So Close

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 Instructor.

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 kindly invited.


March 3, 2008 - Caught in the glow of the morning sun, this squirrel seems to begin its warmups for the day.

Southborough meetings

March 3 - March 7, 2008





Advisory committee 3/3 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town house
Cultural Arts Council 3/3 7:00 PM classroom, Arts Center
Historical Commission 3/3 7:00 PM Museum 25 Common St.
Personnel Board 3/3 6:45 PM town admin office
3/4 6:50 PM Hearing Room Town House
3/4 7:30 PM upper hall Cordaville Hall
Board of Assessors 3/6 9:00 AM Hearing Room Town House
March 3, 2008 Algonquin Regional High School Sports

no events scheduled

March 3, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports
no events scheduled

Sunday 2

Monday 3

Tuesday 4

Wednesday 5

Thursday 6

Friday 7

Saturday 8


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 relationships

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 young children

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.

Boy 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, Southborough.

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 extent. 
For info on the family story, and the wonderful things happening in Maynard this week see:

Come out and support the ARHS Girl's Basketball team

Semi-finals are tonight @ WPI in Worcester @ 7:45 PM