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 May 4, 2008 - May 10, 2008

Good Day for a Hike

May 10, 2008 - Members of Den 4 Pack 921 took a hike today at Chestnut Hill Farm, led by Southborough News editor/owner Linda Hubley. The hike will allow the scouts to earn outdoor and media badges.  Linda is a former Massachusetts Forest and Park Supervisor with a degree in forestry & park management.  The scouts learned a lot about  the insects and wildlife we found in the fields and wooded paths that we walked through today.  On the media part they were shown what I look for when I take photos and how it goes from the camera to the computer to come up on this website.

And their Off

May 10, 2008 - Runners and walkers head out on the second annual 5K race held by the New England Center for Children.  The race has become a key fundraiser for NECC.

There were plenty of Plants for everyone

May 10, 2008 - There was quite a selection of plants, flowers and hanging plants on display for sale earlier today.  This is an annual event for the Southborough Gardeners.  They also have cookbooks available for sale and are holding a water garden tour in June.

Saturday Happenings around Town

 

A Mass for Peace, a compelling contemporary composition by Karl Jenkins, has been chosen for the final concert in the Assabet Valley Mastersingers 30th Anniversary season. As a reflection of the present-day yearning for global peace, Jenkins’ work is based on a popular 15th century song L’Homme Arme (The Armed Man) and includes sacred and secular text from Tennyson, Kipling, The Koran, Hindu Mahabharata, and others within the framework of the traditional Christian mass.

The power of full orchestra will accompany the combined voices of AVM, mezzo soprano Jacque Wilson, and the Algonquin Regional High School Chorus—all under the direction of Robert P. Eaton, Artistic Director and founder of AVM. In addition, Algonquin Choral Director Joshua Miller will lead the Camerata and Chamber choirs in two selections.

Saturday, May 10th, is the date for the 8 PM concert at Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Bartlett Street, Northboro. This location is accessible to the physically challenged. Assistive listening systems, courtesy of Crossroads Community Foundation, are available at all concerts for use by hearing impaired audience members. Large print programs will be offered to those desiring enhanced readability.

Tickets may be purchased at Robinson Music Company, Westboro; Shattuck Pharmacy, Northboro; Danielson Flowers, Shrewsbury; English Garden Florist, Southboro; Joy-Den Jewelers and Main Street Café in Marlboro; and Hudson Area Arts Alliance. Advance sale tickets are discounted $1 (one) from the regular price of $15 (fifteen) and $12 (twelve) for students and senior citizens.

For further information please call (978) 562-9838 or reference www.avmsingers.org. Partial funding for the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, a non-profit organization, has been provided by the Roblee Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council through local Arts Lottery Boards.

May 10, 2008 - The Southborough Gardeners Annual Plant Sale will be held at its usual place at the Community House at the Route 85 and 30 intersection.

ARHS Sports Schedule 5/10/08

Girls Varsity Outdoor Track VS DISTRICT RELAYS @ALGONQUIN   9:00AM
 Boys Varsity Tennis VS CENTRAL - INDIVIDUAL SINGLES TOURNAMENT   9:00AM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ North Middlesex H S   10:00AM
 Boys JV Lacrosse @ North Middlesex H S   12:00PM

AVRTHS Sports Schedule 5/10/08

no events scheduled

Sudbury Valley Trustees: Invasive Species Identification and Control

Saturday, May 10, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Sudbury Valley Trustees Director of Stewardship Laura Mattei will be leading a workshop on invasive species. Invasives are the second greatest threat to biodiversity, just behind habitat destruction from development. Learn how to identify the region’s top 10 invaders and how to control them – in your backyard or on conservation land. This will be a hands-on outdoor workshop. Please wear long sleeves, long pants and closed shoes. Workshop is free but please register in advance. Call 978-443-5588 for information and registration.

Further information on other outings and SVT properties are available on SVT’s website at www.svtweb.org.

# # #

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 preserving more than 6,000 acres now protected by public agencies.

Strike another for the Bridge

May 9, 2008 - Police investigate an accident involving a Ryder truck and the CSX railroad bridge on River Street late this afternoon.  Trains moved slowly over the bridge while Ted's Towing hauled the vehicle out from under.

Work in progress

May 9, 2008 - Work continues on a  garden to the late Neary School teacher and a friend to many, Linda Moran.  Volunteers have worked tirelessly through rainy weekends and hot weekdays to make the garden a shining memorial to the wonderful and well loved teacher.  A formal dedication will be held later this month.

May 9, 2008 - A Silver 2009 Camry LE provided by Bernardi Motors is just one of several exciting prizes for the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church outreach raffle.  Also included in the drawing are Red-Sox Yankee tickets, A Fenway Park VIP package, VIP tickets to the MFA, a magnum of Hess Select wine, a dozen filet mignon steaks, and two airline tickets.  The money raised from the raffle will support two very worth y programs.

For the last two years, St. Mark’s of Southborough has sent money and donations to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Gulfport Mississippi to support parish families in need.  The church and many parishioners’ homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.  The church, like so much of the region, has been at work re-building while also reaching out to parish families in the Gulfport community still in need.  Money raised by the raffle will go to help re-construction efforts.

For the last six years, St. Mark’s has sponsored the school children of St. Mathias in Haiti through an annual fundraising drive contributing $6,000 - $10,000 every year.  This has helped to construct a new trade school and build a solid educational foundation for the children of this small village. Through the commitment and generosity of St. Mark’s parishioners and friends, over 300 children in Haiti are able to attend school for a full day, eat a nourishing meal, and study with new books.  Money raised by the raffle will go to scholarships for children to attend St. Matthias. 

Father Craig Lister is hoping the raffle brings added attention to these critical programs.  “St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Southborough is committed to community outreach.  For many years we have supported community programs and sister churches that help those in need.  This year, we chose to hold this raffle to increase awareness of these two exceptional programs”. 

Only 500 raffle tickets will be sold.  A raffle ticket can be purchased for $100.  Simply send in a check to St. Mark’s Church at 27 Main Street, Southborough MA  01772.  Write RAFFLE in the memo line.  The raffle tickets will be sent right out to you.  Tickets are also sold in the St. Mark’s Parish Hall on Sunday mornings, or contact the church at 508-481-1917.  The drawing will be held on May 31 at 7:00 pm. 

Time's Running Out

May 9, 2008 - Mother's day is this weekend, May 11.  Don't have your flowers ordered or a gift yet? Don't wait.  Get over to Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop.  There are still plenty of flowers and plants to choose from. Located across from the post office and Dunkin Donuts at 40 Mt. Vickery Road.

Editorial

May 9, 2008 - by Linda Hubley - At this year’s Southborough Annual Town Meeting voters were asked in Article 53 “to see if the Town will vote to place a certain question upon the official ballot of the Annual Town Election as follows: Shall the Town of Southborough continue to be a member of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority?” This article was sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. They support NOT continuing to be a member of the WRTA. In summary This ballot question is required for the Town to remove itself from the Worcester Regional Transit Authority. The Selectmen would like to join a new district, Metrowest RTA, which has recently been formed and includes the communities of Marlborough, Framingham, Ashland, Holliston, Natick, Wayland, Weston and Wellesley. Our local transit ( The Lift and the Local Connection) would be provided by this new authority rather than by Worcester Transit.

At Town Meeting we had to vote yes to have the question put on the ballot for election day which is this Monday, May 12, 2008. The question as written on the ballot is “Shall the Town of Southborough continue to be a member of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority?” Your choices are yes or no. A no vote will allow the town to enter into agreement with the new local and more regional transportation authority known as the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA).

A bit of history on the Regional Transit Authorities. Previously the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) controlled the transit authorities within regions and the monies were dispersed direct to the MBTA. In 1999 the state legislature changed the formula for funding transit authorities and the MBTA no longer served as the whole functioning body. These original 14 transit authorities were funded in part by communities within their district and the Commonwealth Executive Office of Transportation. However, communities currently not in authorities could not join nor could they form a new transit authority.

It took legislators of the 495/MetroWest delegation in June of 2006 to convince their peers and become successful for securing statutory reforms. This led to the formation of new transit authorities or a community could join an existing authority. Framingham took the lead and formed the new MetroWest Regional Transportation Authority in December of 2006. It was up and running by July 7, 2007. Previous to Framingham initiating the MWRTA, there were several smaller transportation services based on social, senior needs, medical and work related needs all working independently of each other. These smaller, irregular and spotty transportation made up a patchwork system that created many inefficiencies, underutilized capacity, sometimes inadequate levels of service and lack of stability. The Metro West area is a region of marked growth with a very inadequate transportation system, clogged roads and capacity filled MBTA parking lots.

Currently, Southborough is a member of the MBTA and the Worcester RTA. The RTA have assisted in providing the TLC service and soon to be defnct AVCOA service. The newer MetroWest Regional Transportation Authority will be able to better serve Southborough and the surrounding areas by providing a much more comprehensive and coordination of services. Southborough can join other communities now on board with the MWRTA such as Framingham, Ashland, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick, Sherborn, Sudbury, Weston and Wayland. Marlborough recently became a member of the MWRTA and currently has bus route #7.

The pluses are many for Southborough to disengage itself from the Worcester Regional Transit Authority and join the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority. In order to do so, a voter must vote at the May 12 election and vote NO in order for the town to remove itself from the WRTA.  For more information on the MWRTA click here.

May 9, 2008 - The Southborough Gardeners Annual Plant Sale will be held at its usual place at the Community House at the Route 85 and 30 intersection.

ARHS Sports Schedule 5/9/08

Boys Freshman Lacrosse VS **Postponed - St. Johns H.S.   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Tennis VS **Postponed - Leominster High School   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Tennis VS **Postponed - Leominster High School Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Outdoor Track VS **Postponed - Fitchburg H.S. Algonquin 3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Baseball VS **Postponed - Leominster High School   4:00PM
 Boys JV Baseball @ **Postponed - Leominster High School   4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Baseball VS **Postponed - Leominster High School   4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Softball VS **Postponed - Leominster High School   4:00PM
 Girls JV Softball @ **Postponed - Leominster High School   4:00PM
 Girls Freshman Lacrosse @ Hudson High School   5:00PM
 Boys JV Volleyball @ **Postponed - Wachusett Regional H.S.   6:00PM
 Boys Varsity Volleyball @ **Postponed - Wachusett Regional H.S.   7:00PM

AVRTHS Sports Schedule 5/9/08

 Boys

Varsity

Baseball

VS

Montachustt Regvochs

 

3:30PM

 Girls

Varsity

Softball

VS

Montachustt Regvochs

Softball Field

3:30PM

 Girls

JV

Softball

@

Montachustt Regvochs Click for directions

 

3:30PM

 Boys

JV

Baseball

@

Montachustt Regvochs Click for directions

 

3:30PM

 Boys

JV

Lacrosse

@

Hudson High School Click for directions

 

3:30PM

 Boys

Freshman

Baseball

@

Montachustt Regvochs Click for directions

 

3:30PM

Like a giant Pencil

May 8, 2008 - A beaver felled tree along the Sudbury River.

LAX Clinic Held

May 8, 2008 - Colorful flowers await buyers at Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop conveniently located across from the Southborough Post office and Town Centre plaza.

Mama Bird and Eggs

May 8, 2008 - Turkey Vulture sits above her cave where her eggs lay.  This will be the fourth year out of five that a pair of Turkey Vultures have nested at the cave.

ARHS Sports Schedule 5/8/08

Girls

Varsity

Outdoor Track

VS

Fitchburg H.S.

Algonquin

3:30PM

 Boys

Varsity

Baseball

@

St. Johns H.S.

 

4:00PM

 Boys

JV

Baseball

VS

St. Johns H.S.

 

4:00PM

 Boys

Freshman

Baseball

@

St. Johns H.S.

 

4:00PM

 Girls

JV

Softball

@

**Postponed - Hudson High School

 

4:00PM

 Girls

Varsity

Lacrosse

VS

St. Peter Marian H.s

Algonquin

4:00PM

 Boys

Varsity

Lacrosse

VS

Westboro High School

Algonquin

4:00PM

 Boys

JV

Lacrosse

VS

Westboro High School

Algonquin

5:30PM

 Girls

JV

Lacrosse

VS

St. Peter Marian H.s

Algonquin

5:30PM

 Girls

Varsity

Softball

@

**Postponed - Hudson High School

 

6:00PM

 Boys

JV

Volleyball

@

Wachusett Regional H.S.

 

6:00PM

 Boys

Varsity

Volleyball

@

Wachusett Regional H.S.

 

7:00PM

AVRTHS Sports Schedule 5/8/08

Boys

Varsity

Lacrosse

VS

Shawsheen Valley Tech HS

 

3:30PM

 Boys

Varsity

Track

@

Maynard High School Click for directions

 

3:30PM

 Girls

Varsity

Track

@

Maynard High School Click for directions

 

3:30PM

 Boys

Varsity

Track

@

Murdock High School Click for directions

Maynard HS

3:30PM

 Girls

Varsity

Track

@

Murdock High School Click for directions

Maynard HS

3:30PM

 Boys

Freshman

Baseball

VS

North Shore Tech. H.S.

 

3:30PM

 Girls

Varsity

Softball

@

Nashoba Valley Techhs Click for directions

 

3:30PM

Woodward School participates in the largest Exercise Class

May 7, 2008 - The entire student body of the Woodward elementary participated this morning  in a nation wide program called. A.C.E.S.  It stands for "All Children Exercise Simultaneously".  The entire school was on the front lawn from 10:00 am till 10:15 am.  One grade did the walk circuit while the other did active exercises and then they switched roles. Click here for more information on the A.C.E.S. program.

Garden Tour

May 7, 2008 - Students take a tour of the greenhouse at Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop on this nice day.

Southborough GIS Mapping Available

 

May 7, 2008 - The DPW is pleased to announce the availability to the public of the Town’s Geographic Information System (GIS).  The Board of Selectmen has recently approved extending this information’s availability to the general public. 

The Town’s GIS online application will allow the public to access information about properties, and natural and man-made features.  Information includes such things as property parcel dimensions, town wide aerial photos, ponds, streams, 2-foot elevation contours, sidewalks, roads, cemeteries, open space, etc.  You can search by properties, parcel map and lot numbers, or just by panning around the map.  There are a series of “quick zoom” tabs to various features, such as municipal buildings, village areas, schools, etc.  Anybody can print color maps at 8.5x11 or 11x17 size, depending upon their printing capabilities.

All of this information can be accessed and viewed easily at the Town’s MapsOnline website.  This site can be found at www.mapsonline.net/southboroughma

(no the maps won't look like this old 1870's map of Southborough)

Letter to the Editor

May 7, 2008 - In this day of grid-lock and need for transportation alternatives, Southborough has the opportunity to make an important change.  Presently, we are affiliated with the Worcester Regional Transit Authority.  Yet we lay amidst the newly-formed Metro-West Regional Transit Authority.  Not only will they cross our borders to meet the needs of member communities, they could help us meet ours along the way, perhaps more affordably. They offer door to door services, as well as Handicap-accessible options, too.  They benefit our seniors, commuting students, and those who just want to leave the car at home.

 Voting “NO” on May 12th to the Worcester Transit Authority would free us to change our membership to a more relevant source.  It can give us a “louder” voice in meeting  the transportation needs of Southborough residents. 

 Karen Challen

May 7, 2008 - Mother's Day is coming up fast. So aren't the weddings. Come pick out the best of the best at Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop.  Lots and lots of beautiful flowers to take home and plant or already in a basket, hanging basket or pot.  Can't come to the shop? Then call them at 508 - 485 - 8979 and order a plant, bouquet of flowers or a dozen roses for delivery.  Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop has plenty to choose from.  Come visit and walk through the greenhouses or outdoor plantings.  While you are here look around the shop for that perfect unique gift.  Cards and balloons also available.  A Southborough News Advertiser.

Soaking up the Rays

May 7, 2008 - Jim and Lisa take time out to soak up some rays today.

Don't Forget to support Southborough Baseball/Softball

May 7, 2008 - Choice Car Wash will donate to the Southborough Baseball/Softball program $1.00 for every car wash that participates in the program. The fundraiser will run through May 31, 2008. To have your $1.00 earmarked for the Southborough Baseball/Softball program enter the code 12348 at the kiosk upon entering the car wash.  A Southborough News advertiser

$43 MILLION MASSDEVELOPMENT BOND

SUPPORTS FAY SCHOOL CAMPUS IMPROVEMENTS IN SOUTHBOROUGH

 

MassDevelopment today announced the issuance of a $43,000,000 tax-exempt bond for the Fay School in Southborough.  The school will use bond proceeds to finance several campus improvement projects, including renovations to academic and residential buildings, infrastructure upgrades and the construction of a wastewater treatment facility.  The projects are part of a school-wide master plan that includes enhancements to the school’s facilities, curriculum and other educational resources.   The project will result in the creation of 15 new jobs.

“We are pleased to support one of the Commonwealth’s oldest schools with this low-cost financing,” said Robert L. Culver, MassDevelopment president/CEO.  “These campus improvement projects will enrich the students’ educational experience and enhance the local economy.”

According to school officials, the Fay school, founded in 1866, is the oldest private junior boarding school in the United States.   The school offers 200 multi-level courses to 380 boys and girls in grades one through nine, including both day students and boarders.   The school draws students from 16 states and 16 countries.   In 2001, the school’s Board of Trustees developed a strategic master plan to address and prepare for key aspects of the school’s future growth.  As part of this overarching master plan, the Fay School began a series of campus improvement projects to enhance its facilities and resources.  The Fay School expects to complete construction on this phase of the project in July 2010, and meet all master plans objectives by 2020.

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development authority, works with businesses, financial institutions and local officials to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth.  During FY 2007, MassDevelopment financed or managed 211 projects statewide representing the investment of more than $2 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are supporting the creation of more than 1,280 new housing units and more than 11,000 permanent or construction-related jobs.

ARHS Sports Schedule 5/7/08

 Boys

Varsity

Tennis

VS

Milford High School

Algonquin

3:30PM

 Girls

Varsity

Tennis

@

Milford High School Click for directions

 

3:30PM

 Girls

Freshman

Lacrosse

VS

Medfield High School

 

4:00PM

 Boys

Freshman

Lacrosse

VS

Medfield High School

 

4:00PM

 Boys

JV

Volleyball

VS

Fitchburg H.S.

 

6:00PM

 Boys

Varsity

Volleyball

VS

Fitchburg H.S.

 

7:00PM

AVRTHS Sports Schedule 5/7/08

Boys

Varsity

Baseball

@

Keefe Technical High Scho Click for directions

 

3:30PM

 Girls

Varsity

Softball

@

Keefe Technical High Scho Click for directions

 

3:30PM

 Boys

JV

Baseball

VS

Keefe Technical High Scho

 

3:30PM

 Boys

Freshman

Baseball

@

Whittier Reg Tech HS Click for directions

 

3:30PM

Sudbury Valley Trustees: Invasive Species Identification and Control

Saturday, May 10, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Sudbury Valley Trustees Director of Stewardship Laura Mattei will be leading a workshop on invasive species. Invasives are the second greatest threat to biodiversity, just behind habitat destruction from development. Learn how to identify the region’s top 10 invaders and how to control them – in your backyard or on conservation land. This will be a hands-on outdoor workshop. Please wear long sleeves, long pants and closed shoes. Workshop is free but please register in advance. Call 978-443-5588 for information and registration.

Further information on other outings and SVT properties are available on SVT’s website at www.svtweb.org.

# # #

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 preserving more than 6,000 acres now protected by public agencies.

Sen. Resor Votes for Cost-Containment Health Care Legislation

 

Bill advances next phase of Health Care Reform

 

 

(BOSTON, MA) – The Senate last Thursday passed the next phase of the Commonwealth’s two-year-old landmark health care reform with a package of new initiatives aimed at bringing down escalating health care costs and creating greater access to primary care.

 

“The escalating costs of health care are astounding,” said Sen. Resor (D-Acton).  “Health care should be affordable for everyone and this essential reform legislation will help reign-in those costs.”

 

The legislation promotes the modernization of the health care system to reduce waste and inefficiencies and improve quality care, setting Massachusetts as a national leader in the statewide adoption of electronic medical records and uniform billing among health care providers and insurance companies, which together could save hundreds of millions of dollars.

 

“This legislation is crucial to the future vitality of our health care system and our economy,” Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) said. “We need to get this legislation to the governor’s desk as soon as possible, and I look forward to working with our friends in the House to get this done quickly. The cost of inaction is too great.”

 

Health care costs are straining state finances and cutting into resources for education, public safety and transportation, making it increasingly difficult for young people, families and businesses to make ends meet. This growth in health care costs is out-pacing the increase in workers’ wages and the overall inflation rate. 

 

“With the Senate President’s leadership, we have crafted a comprehensive plan to keep Massachusetts in the forefront of health care reform with a clear emphasis on ensuring that every resident has quality health care that is safe and affordable,” Senator Richard T. Moore (D-Uxbridge) said. “I am pleased that my colleagues have approved this meaningful legislation, which is crucial to making health care reform in Massachusetts a sustainable success.”

 

There are significant changes to the legislation since it was first announced in March. These changes include the following:

 

  • The gift ban criminal penalty has been removed. The civil fine of up to $5,000 remains.

 

  • The gift ban proposal will require pharmaceutical representatives to be licensed by the Department of Public Health (DPH), and require disclosure to DPH about the value, nature and purpose of anything not prohibited by the ban.

 

  • All major health plans, regardless of their annual rates of premium increase, are required to break down the components of increasing costs at a public hearing conducted by the Division of Insurance and the Attorney General. (The 7% trigger has been removed.)

 

  • The state’s determination of need process is strengthened by requiring a determination of need for new outpatient capital expenditures in excess of $25 million, where previously it did not apply at all to outpatient capital expenditures.

 

  • Revised language ensures that health facilities do not charge for services associated with a serious reportable event, or “never-event” (for example, surgery performed on the wrong body part).

 

  • A new section authorizes the Attorney General to allow anti-trust immunity to health insurers and providers for the purpose of discussing methods to standardize or simplify administrative practices to reduce costs and improve quality and access.

 

  • Another new section directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Administration and Finance to conduct a review of state-funded hospitals and managed-care organizations and make recommendations for greater accountability and oversight of state resources.

 

The ban on gifts to physicians does NOT interfere with the efforts of pharmaceutical companies to educate doctors about new medical drugs and devices.

 

“What we want is to avoid the perception of any influence that could lead to the unnecessary or improper marketing, prescription or use of a drug, which we have seen in several cases, including OxyContin, Vioxx and Zyprexa,” Senator Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) said.

 

Other highlights of the bill include:

 

  • An increase in the workforce capacity of nurses and primary care physicians through loan forgiveness programs and expanded enrollment at the state medical school. The bill also allows patients to choose nurse practitioners as their primary care providers.

 

  • Sets a deadline of 2012 for statewide adoption of Computerized Physician Order Entry systems (CPOE).

 

  • A Purchasing Reform initiative to coordinate public and private “pay-for-performance” efforts to drive quality and efficiency in the market.

 

  • Authorization of the Department of Insurance to investigate the costs of medical malpractice coverage for health care providers.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives.

Colorful entrance

May 6, 2007 - Looking south over the Foley bridge on Route 85 is lined with flowering Pear and Forysythia.

 

 

 

Tenth Annual

Marlborough Hospital Safe Summer Fun Day

Saturday, June 14--10 am to 2 pm

(June 15 rain date)

FREE

Entertainment, Food, Exhibits,

Bike Helmets Fittings, Giveaways

and more!

 

157 Union Street

Marlborough

 

 

A Mass for Peace, a compelling contemporary composition by Karl Jenkins, has been chosen for the final concert in the Assabet Valley Mastersingers 30th Anniversary season. As a reflection of the present-day yearning for global peace, Jenkins’ work is based on a popular 15th century song L’Homme Arme (The Armed Man) and includes sacred and secular text from Tennyson, Kipling, The Koran, Hindu Mahabharata, and others within the framework of the traditional Christian mass.

The power of full orchestra will accompany the combined voices of AVM, mezzo soprano Jacque Wilson, and the Algonquin Regional High School Chorus—all under the direction of Robert P. Eaton, Artistic Director and founder of AVM. In addition, Algonquin Choral Director Joshua Miller will lead the Camerata and Chamber choirs in two selections.

Saturday, May 10th, is the date for the 8 PM concert at Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Bartlett Street, Northboro. This location is accessible to the physically challenged. Assistive listening systems, courtesy of Crossroads Community Foundation, are available at all concerts for use by hearing impaired audience members. Large print programs will be offered to those desiring enhanced readability.

Tickets may be purchased at Robinson Music Company, Westboro; Shattuck Pharmacy, Northboro; Danielson Flowers, Shrewsbury; English Garden Florist, Southboro; Joy-Den Jewelers and Main Street Café in Marlboro; and Hudson Area Arts Alliance. Advance sale tickets are discounted $1 (one) from the regular price of $15 (fifteen) and $12 (twelve) for students and senior citizens.

For further information please call (978) 562-9838 or reference www.avmsingers.org. Partial funding for the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, a non-profit organization, has been provided by the Roblee Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council through local Arts Lottery Boards.

 

MAY IS FIBROMYALGIA EDUCATION

AND

AWARENESS MONTH

Finding out I had fibromyaglia was something I was not expecting. I am a massage therapist who is constantly massaging and I just assumed the nagging pain in my neck and pack was due to the constant bending and massaging I was doing each day. I figured I’m too young to have anything wrong with me. Soon my symptoms were getting worse; the pain was unbearable, I was beginning to forget how to do the simplest things, and I was exhausted all the time. Finally, in June, I decided to see a rheumatologist after a test came back saying I should get checked out for fibromyalgia. The day after my 24th birthday I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

It has been almost a year since my diagnosis and I’ve come to rely heavily on alternative medicine to get me through. I do take medication but I rely on receiving chiropractic, massages, and acupuncture. As a massage therapist I wanted to take some time to tell people out there with fibromyalgia that massage can help. I know first hand.

Some people, me included, feel as though massage is the most beneficial treatment for fibromyalgia pain. Massage therapy can help reduce pain, stiffness, and tender points caused by fibromyalgia. A survey completed by fibromyalgia suffers stated that massage therapy was rated the best treatment option. The benefits of massage therapy include:

Increased blood circulation to the muscles

Increased flexibility

Increased range of motion

Decreased stress and depression

Reduced pain

Reduced stiffness

Improved sleep patterns

The Touch Research Institute did a study on the benefits of massage therapy

and fibromyalgia patients and they found that “massage therapy helped to improve sleep patterns, decrease pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and cortisol levels in adults with fibromyalgia.” Sunshine, W., Field, T., Schanberg, S., Quintino, O., Fierro, K., Kuhn, C., Burman, I., and Schanberg, S. (1996). Fibromyalgia benefits from massage therapy and transcutaneous electrical stimulation. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, 2, 18-22.

Fibromyalgia is a tough disorder. I went through many times thinking I had to be making all of this up and now to know that I’m not the only one out there with it and I’m getting the treatment I need has changed everything for me. As a way to show my appreciation this month, I will be giving $15 off for anyone that is suffering from fibromyalgia. As a massage therapist, I am always looking to help people that are suffering from pain, but it is even more important for me to reach out to the fibromyalgia community.

To schedule your appointment call Shannon McGrew at Peaceful Minds Massage Therapy at (508) 735-0396 or e-mail peacefulminds.shannon@gmail.com Please feel free to visit her website at www.peacefulmindsmassage.com

 

 

Sudbury Valley Trustees Fifth Annual Photo Contest

Attention: All Nature Enthusiast Photographers

On your photographic wanderings, have you taken photographs in the 36-town regions of the Sudbury, Concord and Assabet Rivers? Do you think that yours might be award winning? To have them considered, please bring up to three of your photographs to Wolbach Farm, the SVT headquarters at 18 Wolbach Rd, Sudbury during business hours, Monday-Friday: 9AM-5PM. Entries will be accepted between May 12 and June 6. Photographs should be taken within the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord River Basin. Winning photographs will be selected in three categories – “People”, “Rivers” and “Wildlife Habitat”, plus an overall “Best in Show”. All winning photographs will be displayed throughout Riverfest weekend, June 14-15, at the Buttrick Mansion in Concord. Member’s entry fee is $10 for the 1st photo and $5 for each additional. Non-member’s entry fee is $10 per photo. Check for more details at www.svtweb.org

Marsh Marigolds

May 5, 2008 - Marsh Marigolds were abundant during yesterdays walk through several vernal Pools.

Watching the Game

May 5, 2008 - This needs dog seems to contemplating the strategy of the soccer players at Saturdays game at Choate Field.

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10:30 Story and Craft 4-5 yrs.

 

 

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10:30 Story and Craft 2-3 yrs.

 

10:00 Book Review

Molokai

10:30 Story and Craft 2-5 yrs.

3:30 Knitting Class

6:30 YA Book Group

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*11:00 Cheryl Melody

Music, Movement and Imagination for 0-5 yrs.

 

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Southborough meetings

May 5 - May 9, 2008

Meeting

Date

Time

Where

Historical Commission 5/5 7:00 PM Historical Museum 25 Common St.
PLANNING BOARD
Agenda
5/5 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
SHOPC
Agenda
5/5 5:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Agenda
5/6 6:30 PM Hearing room Town House
Scholarship Advisory Committee 5/6 2:30 PM conference room library
Youth Commission 5/6 7:15 PM conference room Fayville Hall
Stewardship Committee 5/7 7:00 PM Community House 28 Main St.
CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Agenda
5/8 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House

Click here to find out more about the 2007 Master Plan Update

Beanies

May 5, 2008 - These beanies were lined up for sale at the Pilgrim Church yard sale waiting for someone kind to take them home.

Senior Center Schedule

Monday 5

Tuesday 6

Wednesday 7

Thursday 8

Friday 9

8:30 Health clinic

8:30 Walking Group

9:30 AM Painting

8:30 Health Clinic

 

 

 

10:00 AM Pool

9:30 Mah Jongg

 
9:30 Cribbage

11:00 Senior Singers

10:00 AM Legal issues 10:00 Creative Writers 12:00 PM lunch
12:00 Spanish

11:30 AM Lunch

11:00 chair exercise colonial gardens 11:00 Tai Chi 1:00 PM Butterfly Place bus trip

Blue Plate Special stuffed shells

12:00 Ping Pong

12:00 PM lunch

11:30 AM Lunch

1:00 water aerobics

12:00 lunch

12:30 PM Pitch  

12:30 PM Pitch

 

2:00 PM fitness

1:00 water aerobics

2:00 Fitness

1:00 PM bridge

 

May 5, 2008 - The Southborough Gardeners Annual Plant Sale will be held at its usual place at the Community House at the Route 85 and 30 intersection.

ARHS Sports Schedule 5/5/08

Boys

Varsity

Outdoor Track

VS

Wachusett Regional H.S.

 

3:30PM

 Boys

Varsity

Tennis

VS

North Middlesex H S

Algonquin

3:30PM

 Girls

Varsity

Tennis

VS

North Middlesex H S

Algonquin

3:30PM

 Girls

Freshman

Lacrosse

VS

Oakmont Regional H.S.

 

4:00PM

 Boys

Freshman

Lacrosse

VS

Oakmont Regional H.S.

 

4:00PM

 Boys

Varsity

Baseball

@

Milford High School Click for directions

 

4:00PM

 Boys

JV

Baseball

VS

Milford High School

 

4:00PM

 Boys

Freshman

Baseball

@

Milford High School Click for directions

 

4:00PM

 Girls

Varsity

Softball

@

Milford High School Click for directions

 

4:00PM

 Girls

JV

Softball

VS

Milford High School

 

4:00PM

 Girls

Varsity

Lacrosse

VS

Concord/Carlisle HS

 

4:00PM

 Girls

JV

Lacrosse

VS

Concord/Carlisle HS

 

5:30PM

 Boys

JV

Volleyball

@

St. Johns H.S.

 

6:00PM

 Boys

Varsity

Volleyball

@

St. Johns H.S.

 

7:00PM

AVRTHS Sports Schedule 5/5/08

Boys

Varsity

Baseball

@

Nashoba Valley Techhs Click for directions

 

3:30PM

 Girls

Varsity

Softball

@

**Postponed - Nashoba Valley Techhs Click for directions

 

3:30PM

 Girls

JV

Softball

VS

Nashoba Valley Techhs

 

3:30PM

 Boys

JV

Baseball

VS

Nashoba Valley Techhs

 

3:30PM

 Boys

Varsity

Track

VS

Parker School

 

3:30PM

 Girls

Varsity

Track

VS

Parker School

 

3:30PM

 Boys

Varsity

Track

VS

**Postponed - Montachustt Regvochs

 

3:30PM

 Girls

Varsity

Track

VS

**Postponed - Montachustt Regvochs

 

3:30PM

 Boys

Varsity

Lacrosse

@

Littleton High School Click for directions

 

3:30PM

Yard Sale Rained out but moved inside

May 4, 2008 - The youth group from Pilgrim Church held their annual yard sale Saturday.  They raise funds for an annual trip to rebuild homes and work with various community groups.

Southborough's a bit cleaner thanks to volunteers

May 4, 2008 - Southborough Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and residents all helped out to clean several miles worth of trash from town roadways.  Here several of the participants enjoy pizza and soda at the end of the cleanup.  The Cleanup was sponsored by the Southborough Rotary Club, Southborough DPW, Polar Beverages, Red Barn Coffee Roasters, Southborough Open Land Foundation, Domino's Pizza of Southborough and Sovereign Bank.

Walgreens progress

May 4, 2008 - A foundation appears on the grounds of the new Walgreens Pharmacy at Route 9 and Oak Hill Road.

Keep the eye on the Ball

May 4, 2008 - Girls soccer at Choate Field Saturday.

Searching for Clues

May 4, 2008 - Members of the Southborough Open Space Commission and the Southborough Open Land Foundation search for a vernal pool off route 85 for clues that can lead to certification of the vernal pool. On Obligate species the breeding wood frog, spotted salamander, blue-spotted salamander, eastern spade foot toad or an adult Obligate such as the Fairy Shrimp require a vernal pool and will confirm a vernal pool. Two or more Faculative species such as breeding spring peepers, gray tree frog, pickerel frog, spotted turtle, painted turtle, blandings turtle, snapping turtle or an invertebrate such as water scorpion, dragonfly larvae, dobsonfly larvae, leeches does not require the vernal pool but will use it. A photo of two or more of the Faculative species is required for certification. For more information on Vernal pools click here. Also , if you think you might have a vernal pool on your property and would like to have it looked at, you could contact the Southborough Open Space Commission.

Southborough Youth Baseball events rescheduled due to bad weather.

New date:

Sunday May 18

10:30 to 12:00 Parade and Ceremonies

12:00 to 4:30  Amusements and BBQ cookout