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March 16, 2008  to  March 22, 2008

Not the Right of Way

March 22, 2008 - Three people walk the railroad from Fayville toward Southborough.  It is illegal to trespass on railroad right of ways.  Although it oftentimes looks like a shortcut or a no hassle walk it could turn out to be deadly.

Crunch Time

March 22, 2008 - Over the course of the past few months, Southborough department heads and administrators have met with the Southborough Board of Selectmen, Advisory Committee and the Capital Budget Planning Committee in hopes of having their budget kept intact.

It was first mentioned at the January Budget summit meeting that all departments would receive cuts in order to stay within a balanced budget with no overrides and Southborough facing a 1.4 million dollar deficit. The Board of Selectmen at the January 12 meeting presented each Department head a budget showing what the department had asked for and what the Selectmen would be recommending. At that time they asked each representative from their department to go back to the drawing board to see where they could make the appropriate cuts. Administrators were cautioned that if the budgets were to be level funded (photo above - Facilities Manager Basilio Diaz explains his budget at the January 2008 Selectmen's budget summit meeting)  from the previous years they would be complicated by the ongoing contract negotiations from the various Town unions which are asking for pay increases and other contractual items.

In order to bring the budget under control and alleviate the possibility of a 2 ½ override, several Capital budget items have been scratched from the town warrant. Other item requests have been put on the back burner while looking for other sources of income, such as refacing the library by possibly seeking CPC funding or the cable committee having a security system paid for by Verizon Cable Company.

Town Jean Kitchen and town Treasurer Brian Ballentine reminded all that the forecast for even next year is gloomy. The building market has slowed enough that the Town only raised about $200,000 in new revenue this year and that if the economy didn’t improve and housing sales didn’t pick up then the Town stood to gain not much more than that in future years. All three selectmen, William Boland, Bonnie Phaneuf and Sal Giorlandino all reiterated that unless budgets are brought under control and creative budget plans initiated employee’s hours would have to be cut and potentially eliminated.

The Advisory Committee  meanwhile has been holding meetings with various departments, commissions and boards on a weekly basis trying to hold down the budgets and learn the reasons why various line items are needed. This past Tuesday March 18, in a joint session with the Selectmen, the Advisory Board went through the various Town Departments department by department along with several proposed warrant articles requiring large expense. Both the Selectmen and Advisory agreed on the majority of budget lines and expenses but differed on several. One item of contention was whether or not school computer technology should be leased or purchased for the $130,000 needed, should it be a warrant item or a school budget line item or could it be eliminated in years where the town is looking for money to fund other items that may be more pressing. Another item where the Selectmen and Advisory differed was where to fund the Conservation Commission. Advisory wanted funds taken from the Conservation Commission claiming they should not have that much money in the account. This action was countered as the account is used primarily to hire wetland specialists to assist the Conservation Commission as they have no full time Conservation Agent.

The draft Board of Selectmen’s and Advisory Committee ’s Report to the Town Meeting and the proposed funding FY09 can both be found by clicking here. Note: The Board of Selectmen go over the entire budget and all the warrant articles and make their recommendations at Town Meeting. The Advisory Committee also goes through the various town department budgets and warrant articles. In their role the Advisory Committee is that of advising, suggesting or recommending budget items or changes to same after the budgets have been drafted. The Capital Budget Planning Committee studies and recommends budget items or articles that would require capital expenditures that may include renovations to buildings and/or purchases of large equipment and vehicles. At town meeting those that have the final say are the voters. He or she may vote as they see fit and what they want to see the Town provide whether it be for schools, police, fire, recreation, seniors, DPW or other budget, warrant article or item. It is up to you, the voter to make an informed decision.

Easter Sunrise Service                       

                                                                                                “He is risen, He is risen indeed”

 

 

Awaken early (but a little later than in recent years), dress warmly, and join us at Hopkinton State Park on Easter Sunday morning, March 23 for our annual Sunrise Service sponsored by the Lay Council of The United Parishes of Southborough.  The service, which has drawn more than 70 people for the past several years, will begin at 7:00 AM at the end of the parking lot next to the marina.  In case of steady rain, the service will take place at First Community Church.

 

The Reverend Mary Poole, Associate Pastor of Pilgrim Congregational Church, will deliver the Easter reflections.  Following the service, a continental breakfast will be served at First Community Church, 137 Southville Road (also a change from recent years).

Easter Hours for local Churches

St. Matthew's Church, 26 Highland Street - Holy Saturday 7:30 PM Solemn Vigil of Our Lord's Resurrection. Easter Sunday 7:30 AM church; 9:00 AM church & Parish Center; 11:00 AM church & Parish Center; No evening Mass.

Community Church, 137 Southville Road - 11:00 AM service Easter Sunday

St. Mark's Episcaplal Church, 27 Main Street - Holy Saturday 5:00 PM lighting of the Paschal Candle and Baptisms, No 4:30 Holy Eucharist; Easter Sunday 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist; 9:00 AM Festival Choral Eucharist; 10:45 AM Festival Choral Eucharist; No Sunday School.

St. Anne's, 20 Boston Road, Easter Sunday services: 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM

Pilgrim Church, 15 Common Street, Easter Services 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM

 

Don't forget to register for Spring and Summer sports, recreation, trips and summer camp through the Southborough Recreation  

or Arts classes, camps and classes from the Arts Center of Southborough.

or sign up for the summer program through the Southborough Youth and Family Services.

Committee Vacancies  
Committee Name # of Openings Term
Cable Television Committee 2 1 year
Community Gardens Coordinator 1 1 year
Community Preservation Committee 1 3 years
Field Driver 1 1 year
MBTA Triangle Committee 2 1 year
Municipal Facilities 1 1 year
Open Space Preservation Commission 1 5 years
Phase II Stormwater Committee 1 1 year
Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Comm. 1 3 years
Southborough Scholarship Advisory Committee 1 3 years
Southborough Stewardship Committee 1 1 year
Youth Commission 1 3 years
                Click here for Volunteer Form

Like an Ocean

March 21, 2008 - Wind from the Northwest today pushes huge white-capped waves up against White Bagley Road.

Thorn droplets

March 21, 2008 - Rain droplets drip along a rose bush.

Don't forget to register for Spring and Summer sports, recreation, trips and summer camp through the Southborough Recreation  

or Arts classes, camps and classes from the Arts Center of Southborough.

OOPs

March 21, 2008 - A victim of the winter roads, the traffic lights at Marlborough Road and Framingham Road still sits stuffed in a barrel.

 

Come to the Annual Algonquin Athletic Booster Club’s

 

Faculty versus Student Basketball Game

 

Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 6:30 PM

 

Algonquin Gym

 

Raffles for great gift baskets

 

50/50 Raffle for Cash

 

Raffle items for ARHS students who attend

 

Come support the Boosters’ Club

 

All proceeds go toward the ARHS Athletic Programs

Adults $5.00

Students $2.00

Southborough Education Foundation Grants

March 21, 2008 - The Southborough Education Foundation is always looking for more members and contributors..  SEF plays an important part within the town and the Southborough Schools.  Several events are held over the year and funds raised are put toward grants. Recently SEF ran their first ever Town Spelling bee to raise funds.  This year's grant applications will be closing April 8 at 3:00 PM.  Grants are awarded for innovative and creative programs not already duplicated with in the school curriculum and that would be otherwise not funded through the traditional school budget.  The proposals should encourage collaborative efforts among administrators, parents and community organizations. Priority considerations are given to those proposals that demonstrate innovation, invite cooperative learning, have a broad impact on the school system and support the goals of the Southborough and Northborough Southborough Regional School Districts.  Grant applications are available each year and can be found in any of the town's public schools.  Any teacher, administrator, parent or member of the community may apply for a grant.  To contribute to the SEF or find out more information on becoming a member click here.

Welcome to Springtime

March 20, 2008 - Although it doesn't feel like it, it is the first day of spring today.  Lots of Spring flowers like this one were blooming at Gulbankian's Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop.

 

March 20, 2008 - A big change for Verizon subscribers.  Southborough PEG channels can now be located on the television.  Public Access channel is Charter channel 11 and Verizon channel 38.  The education channel is Charter 13 and Verizon 36.  The Government channel is Charter 12 and Verizon 37.  However, currently the only thing playing is the Government channel on Verizon which is the old blue channel that is seen on Charter.

Looking for the perfect flower or gift for Easter? Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop has just what you want in Easter plants.  The Easter Lilies are in full bloom. Gulbankian's is a convenient local shop that offers cut flowers, potted plants, flower arrangements, Doug and Melissa Toys, gourmet foods, unique gifts of scented candles, pot pourri, greeting cards, balloons, vases, seeds, gardening gifts and more.  Located directly across the street from the Southborough Post Office. Click here for website.

 

Moon over Southborough

March 20, 2008 - After a few gloomy days we were treated to a sunset and a near full moon tonight.

Jeffery A. Sparkas

 

 

 

SOUTHBOROUGH — Jeffery A. "Jeff" Sparkas, 48, of Southborough, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 after being stricken at his home.

Jeff was born on Oct. 14, 1959 in Honolulu, son of George A. Sparkas and the late Marlene L. (Deibler) Sparkas. He was raised in Peabody and graduated from Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, Class of 1977. In 1978, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and attained the rank of Sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1984. He later pursued his education in electronics at several trade schools and Massachusetts colleges. He moved to Southborough in 1988.

Jeff was employed for 21 years as an electronics technician for the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority in Southborough. Jeff was always involved with his work and he and one of his engineer friend at MWRA designed an automatic water sampler machine and were written up in one of the MWRA publications.

In addition to his father of Peabody, Jeff is survived by two brothers and their wives, Randall S. and Todi Sparkas of Danvers and Kevin J. and Cynthia Sparkas of Lynnfield; a sister, Leslie R. Sparkas of Peabody; four nieces and two nephews, Jami Norman of Henderson, Nev., Brittany and Taylor Sparkas of Danvers and Meghan, Alexander and Zachary Sparkas of Lynnfield; his aunts and uncles, Connie and Frank Spicer of Arlington, Va., Mary McDonald of Salem and Michael Apostolos of Newbury; and many cousins.

ARRANGEMENTS: A private family service was held at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody. Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. Memorial contributions may be made in Jeff's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For online obituary and guest book visit www.ccbfuneral.com.

Southborough Open Land Foundation

Wild Flower Slide Show

March 20, 2008 - The Southborough Open Land Foundation invites the public to celebrate spring with a show of wild flower slides from the Garden in the Woods, Framingham.  The show will be presented twice at the  Southborough Library on April 9. On Wednesday morning at 10 the public is invited to see it at  the Friends of the Library meeting,  and on Wednesday evening at 7 pm the show will be repeated.

In addition to being beautiful, the slides will show you how to introduce wild flowers into your home gardens.  SOLF hopes that seeing these pictures  will make  you want to see the real thing    at the Garden in the Woods by making use of the passes SOLF has donated to the Library.

Almost Springtime

March 19, 2008 - Early tomorrow morning Spring will arrive.  Although we welcome the thought and it could be a tad warmer than today, it's supposed to get cold and blustery again tomorrow night.  Today we started with a mix of snow that turned to rain.

March 19, 2008 - (file photo Police Chief William Webber). Last night Southborough Board of Selectmen interviewed three prospective Conservation members. Interviewed and asked a series of questions from all three Selectmen and attending members of the Southborough Conservation Commission were Russell Gregory, John Maciolek and A. J. Purcell. Another contender Karen Muggeridge was out of town for the meeting. She will be interviewed at the next Selectmen’s meeting and then a decision will be made for whom the board thinks will be the best fit for the Conservation Commission.

Southborough Police Chief William Webber and Officer David Hagen discussed the proposed Sex Offender bylaw that will be presented to voters at the Annual Town Meeting that starts April 14, 2008. A similar bylaw was proposed last year but withdrawn for further research. The purpose of the bylaw is to protect children, the elderly and the mentally impaired by limiting where certain sex offenders can take up permanent or temporary residents or loiter. These places will include parks, schools, school bus stops, day care centers and elderly housing facilities. Restrictions include establishing zones of 1,000 feet from any School, Day Care Center, Park or other Recreational facility, Elderly Housing Facility or a Facility for the Mentally Retarded. There will be some exceptions such as if a permanent residence was established by purchasing the property prior to the effective date of the bylaw. Within the proposed bylaw are fines and penalties, criteria for exceptions, safety zones and enforcement. Resident Carol Willoughby has worked hard with the Southborough Police to ensure that residents get the best possible bylaw on the books. Ms Willoughby has owned  a day care center for several years locally and was amazed a few years ago when a sex offender moved in a few houses down from her and another day care provider. Chief Webber and Ms Willoughby have researched several similar sex offender bylaws that are currently in place in Marlborough, West Boylston and Shrewsbury.

In other business the Selectmen granted permission for the Central MA Mosquito Control to do a project between Ward Road and Main Street. Contracts for electrical maintenance to Matthew Braccio and fire extinguisher maintenance to Marlboro Fire Extinguisher were approved. Selectmen also accepted donations from L’Abri Fellowship and a donation for the Southborough Youth and Family Services.

The Selectmen then met with the Advisory Committee in a joint session that was attended by Public department heads including schools, public safety, Youth and Family Services, Seniors, Library, DPW and other departments.

1943 Military Plane Crash

March 19, 2008 - The time was May 1943. World War II was in the midst of turmoil. British and U. S. Forces landed in North Africa that would eventually cause the Axis powers to surrender on that continent. Back at home at the triangular intersection of three towns, Southborough, Westborough and Hopkinton, residents would witness the unthinkable. Around 11:45 on a Thursday morning residents were tending gardens and going about their business at their homes in the Westborough section of Rocklawn.

What they observed were two military airplanes on a training mission out of Wickford, Rhode Island. The two planes struck each other over the Sudbury River and the Boston and Albany Railroad tracks (now CSX track). The collision caused both planes to explode and debris rained down onto the ground covering a large area of the corner of the three towns. As luck would have it (not) an eastbound train was about to roll through town. Although a resident tried to stop the train, it could only slow down before hitting debris on the track causing four of the six coach cars to derail. All passengers were able to exit the train without serious injuries.

According to the Westborough Chronotype newspaper from May 1943, the passengers were shuttled to Framingham via buses. State Police were called to hold back crowds from the debris while personnel from the Eastern Defense Command retrieved the pilots and much of the debris from the planes. One pilot escaped death but the other one died on impact. He was reported as Second Lieutenant Douglas E. G. Smith, 20, of Eads, TN.

The above photo is a display of plane parts found in the nearby woods decades later by an area resident.

On the Cutting Edge of Alzheimer's Research:
the Search for Answers
 
with William Theis, Ph.D., National Vice President of Medical & Scientific Relations at the Alzheimer's Association 
. and the 2007 Alzheimer's Association Research Grant Recipients
 

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Join us at the

The National Heritage Museum

33 Marrett Rd.
Lexington, MA
 
 
Free and Plentiful Parking

 

 
Memory Ride for Research supports the Alzheimer's
Association
research grants program. To learn more, visit the Memory Ride website .
 
 
On the Cutting Edge: the Search for Answers
Hear about research going on today at leading institutions

Brain
 

Wednesday March 26

 6:00 pm Reception
7:00 pm Forum
 
TO REGISTER e-mail now to  Events@alzmass.org 
or call 617.868.6718
 
 
 
 
Dear Friends,
 
I would like to personally invite you to join with us for this special evening to not only learn about research going on "in our own backyard," but also to be part of an engaging give and take discussion on a topic that is so critically important to us all--Alzheimer's research. I hope to see you there.
James Wessler
President/CEO
Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter

SEN. RESOR RECOGNIZED BY CRANBERRY INDUSTRY

 

March 19, 2008 – The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association is recognizing Senator Pam Resor (D-Acton) as a recipient for the 2008 Legislative Leadership Award. The award was presented to her during Massachusetts Agriculture Day at the State House yesterday.

 

“Over the years I have worked hard for the benefit of cranberry growers who have great economic, cultural, and historical importance in the Commonwealth,” commented Sen. Resor. “I am greatly honored to be recognized by the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association for my work in preserving and promoting the industry.”

 

The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association annually recognizes members of the legislature and government agencies that support and promote business development, environmental protection, and promotion of agriculture. The cranberry industry is the largest agricultural food crop in Massachusetts contributing over $70 million in farm gate value and controlling over 60,000 acres of land.

 

Sen. Resor has been recognized for her positive efforts collaborating and rewriting the Massachusetts laws pertaining to forestry, agriculture and recreational lands which were adopted last year. Sen. Resor expends positive energy promoting healthy conservation, and environmentally sound decisions as it relates to clean water, wildlife, and other areas of interest to the cranberry industry.

 

The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association, which represents over 325 growers, is one of the oldest farming organizations in the United States and was originally formed to standardize the measure with which cranberries are sold (the 100 lb. barrel). Today, the Association serves as a forum for growers to share new farming innovations, improve and enhance farming techniques, educate, fund research, work to ensure cranberry farming will survive urbanization, to be good land stewards and neighbors so that we can maintain open space and clean water for future generations.

So you think it's time to run for office?

The following is a list of Elected positions that are available and residents who have taken out papers to run for election. Currently there are races for Moderator, Board of Health and Planning Board.

Moderator (1 yr) : David A. Coombs and David Grinblatas (both new candidates).  

Town Clerk (3 yrs) Paul J. Berry (candidate for re-election).

Board of Selectmen (3 yrs) Bonnie J. Phaneuf (candidate for re-election

Board of Commissioners of Trust Funds (3 yrs) Bonnie J. Phaneuf (candidate for re-election).

Board of Assessors (3 yrs) Thomas J. Beaumont.

Board of Health (3 yrs) Nancy A. Sacco (candidate for re-election) Desheng Wang.

Board of Library Trustees has four vacancies.  The six member Board of Trustees meets monthly at the Library. They oversee the library budget and expenses, make policy decisions, and work with the library staff and community to advance the library and the services it offers.

Judith K. Budz (candidate for re-election 3 yr term); Vacancy for three year term; Laura J. McCarthy (fill unexpired 2 year term); Kent Matthew Read (fill unexpired one year term).

School Committee (3yr) Jack Kessler (Candidate for re-election 3 yrs); Vacancy (three yrs term).

Northborough Southborough School Committee: Jack Kessler & Paul C. Butka (both candidates for re-election 3 yr term).

Planning Board: Mary E. Hynes (candidate for re-election 5 yrs); Tara A. Bayko.

Assabet Valley Regional School: James Denman (candidate for re-election).

Southborough Housing Authority: Charles H. Brewer (candidate for re-election 5 yrs); Nancy G. Morris (fill unexpired one yr term).

SEN. RESOR ANNOUNCES ACCORD REACHED ON LOCAL AID

 $5.26 Billion Budgeted; Cities and Towns Held Harmless Despite Revenue Shortfall

 

(March 13, 2008) - BOSTON—Senator Pam Resor (D-Middlesex & Worcester) announced that the House and Senate have agreed to increase state aid to cities and towns in the FY09 budget by $223 million, a 4.43 percent hike over last year, in the three major categories of local aid – Chapter 70 funding for public schools, lottery aid and additional assistance. 

 

“Reaching an early accord on local aid is vital for towns and school districts as they prepare for the year with budgets and town meetings,” said Sen. Resor. “Despite difficult fiscal uncertainty, the legislature has committed to increasing local aid and Chapter 70. It is our priority in the legislature to continue supporting our communities.”

 

Passage of a local aid resolution nearly four months before the start of the fiscal year will help cities and towns craft local budgets with greater confidence and accuracy.

 

“This resolution gives our cities and towns the answers they need to navigate through these fiscally challenging times,” Senate President Therese Murray said. “The upcoming fiscal year will be marked by difficult choices and competing priorities. This resolution underscores our commitment to our schools and each and every community across the Commonwealth.”

 

The resolution guarantees cities and towns will receive $935 million in unrestricted local aid, $811 million of which is generated by the Massachusetts Lottery and $124 million of which is allocated from the

 

Commonwealth’s General Fund.  Since the Lottery was “uncapped” by the Legislature in Fiscal Year 2007, all revenue other than prize money and a small amount for administration goes to municipalities.

 

In FY09, however, only $811 million is projected to be generated—$124 million less than was allocated last year.  The Legislature’s budget will ensure the additional $124 million is distributed and that cities and towns are held harmless to last year’s allotment.

 

The local aid resolution also maintains a commitment made by the Legislature three years ago by increasing Chapter 70 allocations by $223 million to $3.95 billion.  The increase comes as part of a five year plan to move individual school districts toward their target-aid contribution level.  Under the Legislature’s plan, each school district would see an increase in Chapter 70 funding over last year.

The Flotilla

March 18, 2008 - a flotilla of Ring Necked Ducks float by the White Bagley Road Causeway.

3/9

 

 

3/10

10:30 story & craft 4-5 yrs

3:30 2nd & 3rd grade book club

3/11

 

 10:30 story & craft 2 -3 yrs

3/12

story & craft 2-5 yrs

3:30 Knitting

3/13

 music & mother goose 11:00

7:30 Crochet class

3/14

 

 

 

3/15

11:00 Children's author

Jennifer White Book

Reading - Cool Hand Luke

Passes
The following passes are sponsored by
"
The Friends of the Southborough Library"

Museum of Fine Arts Boston
405 Huntington Avenue
(617)267-9300
Pass admits 2 adults - FREE
Pass is not good for special exhibits
Boston Museum of Science
Science Park, Boston
(617)589-0100
Pass admits up to 4 @ $2.00 per person.
Pass not valid for the Omni Theater Or Planetarium
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA
(617)973-5200
Passes not valid on Whale Watch or Harbor Tour or during July & August. ** Please ask for prices
Boston Children's Museum
300 Congress Street
(617)426-8855
Pass admits up to 4 @ $2.00 per person.
Discovery Museum
177 Main Street
Acton, MA
(978)264-4200
Pass admits up to 3 @ $1.00 per person.
Ecotarium
222 Harrington Way
Worcester, MA
(508)791-9211
Pass admits 2 adults & 2 children
Children under the age of 3 are admitted free
*Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA
(508)869-6111
Free admission - 4 passes available
Open year round.
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury St.
Worcester, MA 01609
(508)799-4406
Pass admits 4 people
10% discount towards museum shop and cafe

* Passes for the Tower Hill Botanic Garden are donated by the Southborough Gardeners.

Fire Log


Tuesday 3/11/08

09:00 SCHOOL FIRE PREVENTION PROGRAM RICHARDS RD
C27 CAPT MAURO FF ROACH
C30 FF KANE

09:55 ADMINISTRATIVE MEETING MAIN ST
C1 CHIEF MAURO FF STRONG

13:36 ADMINISTRATIVE MEETING UNION ST MAR
C20 CHIEF MAURO

14:10 UST REMOVAL TURNPIKE RD
C20 CHIEF MAURO

15:05 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ RICHARDS RD
A29 FF RICE FF STRONG

15:30 OIL BURNER MARLBORO RD
C27 CAPT MAURO

16:00 PROPANE INSPECTION RICHARDS RD
C27 CAPT MAURO

16:55 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ COSLIN DR
A29 FF RICE FF STRONG
C30 FF KANE

23:32 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ WOODLAND RD
A29 FF RICE FF STRONG
C30 FF KANE

Wednesday 3/12/08

08:32 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ PARKERVILLE RD
A29 FF PIERCE FF AMENDOLA
E23 CAPT MAURO LT SADOWSKI

08:45 ADMINISTRATIVE MEETING COMMON ST
C20 CHIEF MAURO

14:30 TRAINING - EMS MAIN ST
HQ3 CAPT MAURO FF PIERCE FF AMENDOLA

16:37 SMOKE DET. ACT.-NO FIRE, UNINT WATKINS LN
A29 FF PIERCE FF AMENDOLA
E22 CAPT MAURO FF FRANKS

20:28 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ NEWTON ST
A29 FF RICE FF AMENDOLA  More Fire Log

SEN. RESOR REMINDS SENIORS MUST FILE 2007 TAX RETURNS TO RECEIVE REBATE

 

March 12, 2008 – Sen. Resor fears that many seniors may miss out on the economic stimulus tax rebate to which they may be entitled. While many seniors are not required to file yearly income tax returns, they still may qualify for the economic stimulus tax rebate which was recently passed by Congress if they file a 2007 Federal tax form by April 15, 2008.

 

“I urge seniors to find out if they are eligible for this rebate,” commented Sen. Resor. “It could greatly assist with things such as heating bills.  I do not want an eligible senior to miss this opportunity.”

 

There are potentially 20 million Americans who rely primarily on Social Security income who will qualify for this tax rebate check from the federal government.

 

Generally, individuals who earned more than $3,000 (including Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits) in 2007 will be eligible for the rebate. Eligible seniors may receive between $300 and $600. However, in order to receive this federal tax rebate, seniors must file an income tax return.  This economic stimulus rebate will only be available for 2007 federal tax returns filed this year. No rebates will be given retroactively after 2008.

 

As the April 15th deadline to file quickly approaches, seniors should take advantage of the services offered through local veterans affairs organizations, councils on aging, and senior centers. They can provide assistance and guidance with the tax filing process.

 

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program can help provide low- and moderate-income taxpayers with tax filing assistance by calling 1-800-906-9887. The IRS can also recommend the nearest free tax preparation locations by calling 1-800-829-1040.

Sudbury Valley Trustees

NOBSCOT SCOUT RESERVATION WALK

As part of the Campaign to Conserve Nobscot Reservation, SVT will be coordinating walks of the property on the week-ends of March 29 & 30 and April 5 & 6.  Meet at White Lodge at the Nobscot Scout Reservation on Nobscot Road in Sudbury.  The walks will go from White Lodge to Tippling Rock, and back, and will take approximately 1 hr. 45 minutes. Information on the project will be available at White Lodge.  For more information, contact Christa Collins (ccollins@svtweb.org, 978-443-5588 x15) or see our website: www.svtweb.org

Dates: Saturday, March 29, 10AM : Sunday March 30, 2PM

Saturday, April 5, 10AM : Sunday, April 6, 2PM

# # #

Sudbury Valley Trustees is a non-profit association of individuals, families, and businesses committed to protecting wildlife habitat and the ecological integrity of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord River valleys. SVT currently owns, through gifts and purchase, more than eighty properties in fifteen towns, totaling over 2,100 acres. In addition, SVT holds conservation restrictions on nearly 900 acres, and has been instrumental in

March 17, 2008 - Two of a Kind. A male and female cardinal set in some bushes.

Southborough meetings

March 17 - March 21, 2008

Meeting

Date

Time

Where

Advisory committee 3/17 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
Assabet Valley Reg. Voc School Committee 3/18 7:00 PM school committee conference room Assabet hs
BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Agenda
3/18 6:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
Municipal facilities committee 3/18 6:30 PM meeting room fire station
Southborough school committee w/selectmen 3/18 8:00 PM Hearing room town house
Board of Health 3/19 2:00 PM hearing room town house
housing authority 3/19 7:30 PM colonial gardens 49 Boston Road
northboro Southborough reg school committee 3/19 7:00 PM Library ARHS
Community Preservation Committee 3/20 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
Master Plan Steering Committee 3/20 6:30 PM upper hall cordaville Hall

Senior Center Weekly Schedule

Monday 17

Tuesday 18

Wednesday 19

Thursday 20

Friday 21*

8:30 Health Clinic 8:30  Walking Group 9:30 Painting 8:30 Health Clinic

 

      9:30 Mah Jongg  
  11:00 Senior Singers

10:00 AM Pool

10:00 Creative Writers

 
9:30 Cribbage 11:30 AM Lunch 11:00 Chair Exercise Colonial Gardens

11:30 AM Lunch

 
12:00 St. Patricks Day Dinner & music 12:00 Ping Pong 12:00 PM Lunch  

 

1:00 Book Club

12:30 PM Pitch

 

12:30 PM Pitch

12:00 PM Lunch
 

 

2:00 Fitness

1:00 PM bridge

 

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Easter Sunrise Service                       

                                                                                                “He is risen, He is risen indeed”

 

 

Awaken early (but a little later than in recent years), dress warmly, and join us at Hopkinton State Park on Easter Sunday morning, March 23 for our annual Sunrise Service sponsored by the Lay Council of The United Parishes of Southborough.  The service, which has drawn more than 70 people for the past several years, will begin at 7:00 AM at the end of the parking lot next to the marina.  In case of steady rain, the service will take place at First Community Church.

 

The Reverend Mary Poole, Associate Pastor of Pilgrim Congregational Church, will deliver the Easter reflections.  Following the service, a continental breakfast will be served at First Community Church (also a change from recent years).

Dirty Snow banks

March 17, 2008  Piles of sand, salt and dirty snow are plowed up along the guardrails at the MBTA station.  Wonder just how much will leach into the Sudbury River.  When all the snow banks are gone there will be a ton of trash around that will need to be picked up.

All Aboard

March 16, 2008 - Passengers board an eastbound train headed for Boston from the Southborough station.

Command

March 16, 2008 - Southborough Fire Chief John Mauro directs operations at 155 Northboro Road yesterday.  High levels of Carbon Monoxide were detected within the building sending two people to the hospital and resulting in others being checked but requiring no further treatment.

WINE TASTING & SHOPPING FOR A CAUSE

LOCATION: The Community House, 28 Main Street, Southborough

WHEN: Thursday, April 17th

TIME: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Please join us for a fabulous night out that will benefit Southborough Youth and Family Services. SY&FS is a free community resource that is designed to offer guidance to families in need and/or in crisis.

Come enjoy amazing wine and cheese, compliments of Panzano Italian Market. You can also get a mineral make-up makeover courtesy of Whole Foods Market, Framingham or a free seated massage from Theracopia. Relax and socialize!

While enjoying your evening out, you will be able to shop for fine silver jewelry by Silpada, with Kathy Shemligian, Lets Get Personal Stationary by Sue Gordon, Tupperware with Jennifer Garden, Cocobean Headbands, belts and much more!

There will be Raffle Tickets sold at the door for Gift Certificates or prizes worth $50 or more from the following establishments:

A Beautiful Me Med Spa Bodyscapes Fitness Confident Directions Life Coaching Impressive Nails Maxwells 148 Nancy Safiol Spa Service Phaidra Nails Salon Charisma Salon Entrée Nous Silpada Jewelry Southborough Jewelers The English Garden Theracopia Tomasso Trattoria Tupperware Wild Tree Herbs Whole Foods Market, Framingham

And more……….

Space is limited. Please purchase your $25 tickets in advance by sending a check to Jill Pappas at 17 Southwood Drive. The check should be made payable to Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission.

Raffle Tickets will be available for purchase at the Community House (April 17th) from 6:00-7:00pm, for those who cannot make the event and donations are always welcome! All winners will be notified the following day.

Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission will be donating 100% of the proceeds to Southborough Youth and Family Services. Please come, enjoy your evening and make a difference

 

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A peek at Southborough's Rural roots

March 16, 2008 - Southborough's heritage as a farming community past present and future reflect in these three photos from various areas of town.