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 May 11, 2008 - May 17, 2008

Southborough vs Mansfield

May 17, 2008 - Southborough gets the ball on soccer today.

Donations exeed expetactitons

May 17, 2008 - donations for the Any Soldier campaign pile up early this morning.  Tomorrow more collections will be taken.


May 16, 2008 -

Today marks the Southborough News first birthday!!! A whole year has flown by already. Our readership has gone from just a few hundred the first month to several thousand a month and climbing every day. Thanks go to my advertisers who help keep the Southborough News running and for all of our readers who love keeping in touch with the town news.

A bit of history on the Southborough News for those that have recently joined us. It is privately owned and edited by myself, Linda Hubley. Currently the Southborough News is a one person operation. Although, the Southborough News carries a lot of the town meeting and activity information the Town of Southborough does not contribute financially. The Southborough News is wholly based on advertising either by the front page rotating blocks with links back to the business websites or by the businesses on the business card page. Our readership base is Southborough but according to our site meter statistics we have readers from nearly every city and town in Massachusetts, every state in the United States and twenty-five countries around the world.

I have tried to make the Southborough News a one place stop for all the action and activity that goes on daily within Southborough. I welcome anyone to contribute their photos or event notices to be placed on the Southborough News. If you have a favorite photo you would like to share with readers of the Southborough News you are welcome to send them in. For example a wedding or prom shot, a special vacation, Eagle Scout project etc. Sports, church, schools, scouts etc can send in their event notices.

How the Southborough News works. I try to keep the current week on the front page and as the days slip by the older news is transferred to the second page. After two weeks up on the front two pages, the news is archived on a weekly basis. Currently there are 51 pages in the archives. If you click the archive page, there is a drop down menu. Click which week you would like to check out. The front page at the top has tabs that will take you to pages that have links to the schools; community groups (including police/fire/churches/town departments/youth groups etc); Police, Fire, Townhouse, Seniors, Library, Arts, Veterans, Recreation, Weather and outdoors. The middle tabs have obituaries listed from the Morris Funeral Home in town, and links to the MBTA, TLC ride, Dictionary, Infospace, Google, Google Maps, You tube, News channels 4,5,7, Fox and CNN for quick access to news, weather or information for homework.

The larger tabs have the letters to the Editor, easy access to page 2 and the archives, a free classifieds (no business ads), Business Card page and information on how to advertise on the Southborough News and the fee rates. Advertising on Southborough News is a good way to get your business out on the local scene. However, it goes further than just Southborough as we are linked to www.hopnews.com Click the Southborough News Advertising tab for more information on how to advertise with us. Use the free classifieds to advertise your yard sale, sell a car or household items. Obituaries are listed for free on the front pages if you would like to include a photo you may send it along also.

In celebration of our first year, next week Sunday the 18th we will be running a contest to find the birthday cake photo somewhere hidden on the Southborough News. This will get the reader to check out many pages of the website. Further details will be given out at the start of the contest. Gift certificates to various local establishments will be offered to the first person who finds the cake and sends an email to editor@southboroughnews.com Also I hope to unveil some new features within the coming weeks.

So enjoy the Southborough News and remember if you have an event, activity or photo you would like to share, please send it along. Thank you all for being so supportive.

Reservoir History Walk

May 16, 2008 - Southborough Cub Scouts Den 3 took a hike along part of the Sudbury Reservoir trail this afternoon to learn the history, operation and maintenance of the Sudbury Reservoir System.

Pizza after MCAS

May 16, 2008 - In celebration of finishing the MCAS testing students at Woodward School enjoy a pizza party outdoors. (contributed photos from Woodward School)

Time to Till

May 16, 2008 - Farming does still exist in Southborough as attested to this tractor tilling a field on Gulbankian Farms.


May 16, 2008 - A young newborn calf gets carried across the street to the pasture to rejoin its mom and the herd last Sunday.


The Southborough Belties could use your help in donations for food, hay, vet bills, fencing and other associated costs in keeping the herd together in Southborough.

Click here for more information on the Southborough Belties.

Ducky Weather

May 16, 2008 - Cub Scouts spotted this Mallard duck hidden along the shoreline as the rain became heavier early this afternoon.

ARHS Sports Schedule 5/16/08

Boys Freshman Lacrosse @ Westford Academy Stony Brook 4:00PM

AVRTHS Sports Schedule 5/16/08

Boys Varsity Track @ DISTRICT CLASS MEET   9:00AM
 Girls Varsity Track @ DISTRICT CLASS MEET   9:00AM
 Boys Freshman Baseball @ Shawsheen Valley Tech HS Click for directions   10:00AM

Fenway at Finn

May 15, 2008 - Voters at Finn get to feel like they are voting at Fenway park as this mural depicts on the wall of the gym.

Drive Careful

May 15, 2008 - With prom season and end of the year school activities coming up, Southborough Police and Fire departments remind students to drive carefully.  Drinking and speed do not mix and are illegal. Stay safe on the roadway. (photo above - Southborough Firefighter Shanahan pries open a vehicle during a auto extrication drill with the hydraulic spreader.

May 15, 2008 - Prom night is tomorrow.  If you haven't got your buttonaire or corsage yet call and order one from Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop.

How does your garden grow

May 15, 2008 - Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop. has plenty of starter plants for your garden.  Below photo is Carolyn Gulbankian sharing lettuce with a class of schoolchildren.

The Guard

May 15, 2008 - Officer Joe Bennett keeps watch over the voter box at Precinct 3 earlier this week.

Join Us for the Opening Day Celebration
Rescheduled to Sunday May 18th, 2008

(All players and coaches line up at 10:30 behind Finn School)

12:00 – 4:30 Amusements & BBQ Cookout, Jurassic Obstacle
Course, Sports Challenge Bungee, Radar Speed Pitch, Sports
Bounce, Ice Cream, Cotton Candy, Popcorn
Ball Games All Day!

Memorial Day Weekend Events

May 15, 2008 - Dates and times for Memorial Day Observance, flag placement and parade.

Notice #1

2008 - Memorial Day Observance

Veterans are encouraged to join VFW Post 3276 and Legion Post 161 at the American Legion Headquarters - Community House at the corner of Rt. 30 and Rt. 85 :

Monday – May 26th at 8:15

The parade starts at 9:00 AM at the Marlboro Savings Bank and will visit the respective cemeteries to pay tribute and respect for those who have worn the uniform to protect our freedoms.

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

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Notice #2

Veterans and citizens are welcomed to join VFW Post 3276 and Legion Post 161 in placing flags on the graves of our fallen comrades.

Friday – May 23rd – 6:00 PM

Rural Cemetery – Rt. 85.

Please meet near the front of the Maintenance Building.

Help us place a flag on every Veterans grave – in tribute to their service to our country.

Contact Veterans Graves Officer - VFW Commander - Steve Whynot (508-481-2359) for more information.

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Note #3

Memorial Day Observance

Southborough Residents !!!!

Join VFW Post 3276 and American Legion Post 161 in honoring the nations fallen for Memorial Day Observance –

Monday – May 26th.

Veterans will lead the parade through downtown Southborough and visit the cemeteries along the route before ending our Observance at the All Wars Memorial.

In addition – A re-dedication of the recently renovated All Wars Memorial will be included.

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

Southborough Open Land Foundation Annual Meeting

May 14, 2008 - The Southborough Open Land Foundation celebrated its 20th year last night.  Above: Southborough business owner and former town selectman, James Falconi, accepts an award for his continued support for  SOLF while resident and former president of SOLF, David Morgan, received the Elaine Beals Award (below photo)  for his conservation efforts within the Town of Southborough.  At the end of the formal meeting, the guest speaker was local resident, author and illustrator Gordon Morrison who presented examples of several of his works for nature guides and books. For more information on  the Southborough Open Land Foundation click here. 

Not My Kid

May 14, 2008 -  A panel discussion took place at Algonquin Regional High School last night on the challenges teens face in today's society.  Here are a few photos from the talk. Thank you Chris Wraight for the photos.

Southboro Auto Tech

May 14, 2008 - Southboro Auto Tech is locally owned and operated by Bill and Kris Stapleton. The Stapleton’s have operated the family owned business at the same location since 1973 when it was known as the former Southboro Mobil. Southborough Auto Tech is a full service automotive repair shop bringing you the best in service. The mechanics that work on your vehicle are ASE certified technicians (automotive service excellence). Southboro Auto Tech is also a certified Napa Auto Care Center and an approved auto repair facility for AAA.

The mechanics at Southboro Auto Tech can provide your vehicle with the following services: Tune ups, Wheel Alignment, Engine Repair, Smog and Emissions Testing, Tire Service, Exhaust System, Suspension, Electrical, Full Brake Service, Shocks, Oil and Lube, Suspension and Shock Repair, Belt and Hose replacement, Diesel Service and repair, Fuel Injection Service, Transmission, Power Steering, Cooling System flush, Preventative Maintenance, Air Conditioning Service, Complete Diagnostic Services, Towing and Batteries.

At Southboro Auto Tech you can also fill up your tank with a fine selection of gasoline. A friendly full service station where attendants will still wash your windows while your vehicle is being fueled. Bill Stapleton also had a proud moment this week when Southboro Auto Tech was used for a photo shoot. Southboro Auto Tech is conveniently located at 145 Boston Road/Route 30 in Southborough. Click here for Southboro Auto Tech shop specials. After fueling, give your vehicle a clean look from all the tree pollen  and visit their newest establishment Choice Car Wash directly across the plaza from Southboro Auto Tech. A Southborough News Advertiser.

Southborough Library Schedule May 11 - 17, 2008

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
10:30 Story and Craft 4-5 yrs 10:30 Story and Craft 2-3 yrs.

6:30 2nd/3rd Grade Book Club

11:00 Music and Mother Goose 10:30 Story and Craft 2-5 yrs.

3:30 Knitting Class

11:00 Music and Mother Goose


May 14, 2008 - A bluebird waits for his mate to emerge from the bluebird box.

ARHS Sports Schedule 5/14/08

Boys Freshman Lacrosse VS Hopkinton High School 3:45PM
 Boys Varsity Baseball @ Shrewsbury High School 4:00PM
 Boys JV Baseball VS Shrewsbury High School 4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Baseball VS **Cancelled - Lunenburg High School 4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Softball @ Shrewsbury High School 4:00PM
 Girls JV Softball VS Shrewsbury High School 4:00PM
 Boys Varsity Volleyball VS Leominster High School 6:00PM

AVRTHS Sports Schedule 5/14/08

Boys Varsity Baseball @ Bay Path Regtechhs Click for directions 3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Softball @ Bay Path Regtechhs Click for directions 3:30PM
 Girls JV Softball VS Bay Path Regtechhs 3:30PM
 Boys JV Baseball VS Bay Path Regtechhs 3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Track VS Keefe Technical High Scho 3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Track VS Keefe Technical High Scho 3:30PM
 Boys JV Lacrosse @ Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Click for directions 3:30PM
Census Forms Due back at Town Clerk's Office

2008 Census forms are over due.  Please return them to the Town Clerk's office.  If you no longer know where your forms are please contact the Town Clerk's Office on how to acquire new forms.

Voter Apathy

May 13, 2008 - A lone precinct 3 voter fills out his ballot.  Most of the day in all three Southborough precincts workers reported the same.  Very few voters.  Out of 6,384 registered voters in Southborough only 743 voters came out to do their civic duty. According to the Town Clerk’s office this represents 11.64% of the voters who decided for the Town who they would like in office or whether or not to join the new MetroWest Regional Transportation Authority.

Official Election Results

Town Clerk 3 years- Paul J. Berry, 636

Moderator 1 year - David Coombs, 629

Board of Selectmen 3 years - Bonnie J. Phaneuf, 599

Board of Assessors 3 years - Thomas J. Beaumont, 558

Board of Trustees Library 2 years - Laura J. McCarthy, 577

Board of Trustees Library 1 year - Kent Matthew Read, 557

Board of Trustees Library 3 years - Judith K. Budz - 600

Planning Board 5 years - Mary E. Hynes, 558

Northborough Southborough Regional School District Committee, Southborough Candidates 3 years:

Paul C. Butka, 553

Jack Kessler, 527

Northborough Southborough Regional School District Committee Northborough Candidates 3 years:

Shirley Lundberg, 514

John R. Reynolds, 503

Assabet Valley Reg. School Dist. Committee 4 years - James B. Denman, 591

Southborough Housing Authority 5 years Charles H. Brewer, 576

Southborough Housing Authority 1 year - Nancy G. Morris, 575

Board of Commissioners of Trust Funds 3 years - Bonnie J. Phaneuf, 565

There were two races in the following elections:

Board of Health 3years

Nancy Saco, 486 (won Re-election to the board)

Desheng Wang - 185

School Committee 3 years

Jack Kessler - 482 (won Re-election to the committee)

Kathleen A. Harragan, 498 (won )

Susan E. Ruane, 254

Question 1(Should the Town continue to be a member of the WRTA

Yes - 89

No - 592 (won)

Southborough open land foundation's annual meeting

When: Tuesday, May 13th 7:30 PM

Where: Community House

what:  short business meeting including presentation of the 4th annual Elaine Beals award, followed by a presentation by renowned nature artist and author Gordon Morrison.

Gordon has written and illustrated several award winning children's natural history books as well as having illustrated numerous nature guides. Please save the date. Plan to join us!

Southborough meetings

May 12 - 16, 2008





Board of Library Trustees 5/13 5:00 PM Library meeting room
Master Plan Steering Committee 5/15 6:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
Senior Center Schedule

Monday 12

Tuesday 13

Wednesday 14

Thursday 15

Friday 16

8:30 Health clinic

8:30 Walking Group

10:00 AM Pool

8:30 Health Clinic





9:30 Mah Jongg

9:30 Cribbage

11:00 Senior Singers

11:00 AM supplements are they necessary 10:00 Creative Writers 12:00 PM lunch
12:00 Spanish

11:30 AM Lunch

11:00 chair exercise colonial gardens    

Blue Plate Special stuffed chicken

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


Events- Southborough Senior Center


Please Call the Southborough Senior Center for reservations for all events 508-229-4453. Senior Center 9 Cordaville Rd. . Open 8:30-2:30 Monday-Friday.

New Events:

- Spanish Classes May and June-Please join in all levels welcome!

May 9th Mini-bus trip to the Butterfly Place

May 14th Presentation: Supplements: are they necessary? 11am

May 15th- Just For Fun- Burgers and Dogs-Entertainment by Mel Simons-$5.00 suggested donation

June 6th Mini-bus trip to Rockport

June 6th-Spectacular Container Gardening with Tina Bemis

June 11th- Broadway Show Tunes Presentation/luncheon

June 13th- Senior Show / luncheon 12:00 Senior Show only 7:00

June 19th-Osterperosis Screenings

June 27th- Bingo for prizes 1:00

Ongoing programs:

Mondays – 12:00 Blue Plate Special Lunches by TJ’s- $5.00 call by Friday for reservations

Health Clinic- Mondays and Thursdays 8:30-1:30

Cribbage- Mondays 9:30

Fitness with Brad- Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00

Senior Singers- Tuesdays 11:00

Pitch- 12:00 Tuesdays and Thursdays

Bridge- Thursdays 1:00

Mah jongg- Thursdays 9:30

Chair Aerobics (Colonial Gardens-all welcome) Wednesdays 11:00

Ping Pong- Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00

Pool- Wednesdays at 10:00

Creative Writing Thursdays at 10:00

Walking at Woodward School – Tuesdays 7:45

The Friends of Marlborough Seniors Softball

The Marlboro Sr. Softball teams  Iron Workers Local Union #7 and The Friends of the Marlborough Seniors played this week and split with the Iron Workers taking two from the Worcester Falcons “A” and the Friends dropping two to the Worcester Falcons “B” team.

 The Friends of Marlborough Seniors Team traveled to Worcester, on Monday May 5th, to face the Worcester Falcons  B’s. In the 1st game, after falling behind by an 8 to 1 score The Friends rallied to take a 9 to 8 lead before succumbing to a late Worcester hitting barrage and falling by a score of 18 to 9.  Paul Starek and Bob Biggar were the batting leaders for Marlborough, each        went three for three.

Game 2 was a very closely fought contest with the lead going back and forth.  Tied after regulation at 6 to 6, Worcester pushed across two runs in the extra inning to prevail 8 to 6. Leading the charge by The Friends were Paul Wright who went 3 for 4 and Paul Chambers with 3 hits in as many plate appearances.


            The Iron Workers Local #7 entertained the Worcester Falcons A’s at home taking both ends of a doubleheader. The Iron Workers took the first game 9 - 6 and 2nd game 16 – 9 breaking out with the 6 runs in the top of the 7th to put the game away.  The Iron Workers offense was led by Bob Maquire and Dick Mazzone both going 4 for 6 and Steve Picone pitching in with 2 home runs.

Don't Forget to support Southborough Baseball/Softball

May 13, 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

ARHS Sports Schedule 5/13/08

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

AVRTHS Sports Schedule 5/13/08

Boys Freshman Baseball VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ Lynn Technical Highschool Click for directions   5:00PM
Patriotic railcar

May 12, 2008 - A tagged railcar passes through Southborough with an appropriate theme.


Today May 12, 2008 Southborough voters will go to the polls to vote for candidates to fill the following positions within town government.

Town Clerk (3 years) Vote for 1 - Paul J. Berry, candidate for Re-election

Moderator (1 year) Vote for 1 -  David Coombs

Board of Selectmen (3 years) Vote for 1  - Bonnie J. Phaneuf, candidate for Re-election

Board of Assessors (3 years) Vote for 1  - Thomas J. Beaumont

Board of Trustees Library (2 Years) Vote for 1  - Laura J. McCarthy

Board of Trustees Library (1 Year) Vote for 1  - Kent Matthew Read

Planning Board (5 years) Vote for 1  -  Mary E. Hynes candidate for Re-election

Northborough Southborough Regional School District Committee, (3 years) Vote not for more than 2 Candidates: Southborough Candidates: Paul C. Butka -candidate for Re-election Jack Kessler candidate for Re-election

Northborough Southborough Regional School District Committee (3 Years) Vote not for more than 2 candidates: Northborough Candidates:

Shirley Lundberg - candidate for Re-election John R. Reynolds - Candidate for Re-election

Assabet Valley Regional School District Committee (4 years) Vote for 1

James B. Denman - candidate for Re-election

Southborough Housing Authority (5 years) vote for 1  - Charles H. Brewer, candidate for Re-election

Southborough Housing Authority (1 years) vote for 1  - Nancy G. Morris

Board of Commissioners of Trust Funds (3 years) Vote for 1  - Bonnie J. Phaneuf candidate for Re-election

There are races in the following elections:

Board of Health (3 years) Vote for 1

Nancy Saco - candidate for Re-election

Desheng Wang

School Committee (3 Years) Vote for not more than 2

Jack Kessler - candidate for Re-election

Kathleen A. Harragan

Susan E. Ruane

The Southborough Library is looking for someone to step up and possibly run a sticker campaign for an open slot on the 3 year Board of Trustees Library. There are two openings for this position but only one candidate took out papers.

Board of Trustees Library (3 years) Vote for not more than 2

Judith K. Budz - candidate for Re-election

Polls will be open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Monday, May 12, 2008 at the following locations:

Precinct 1 A.S. Woodward Memorial School, 28 Cordaville Rd

Precinct 2 P. Brent Trottier Middle School, 49 Parkerville Rd

Precinct 3 Mary E. Finn School, 60 Richards Rd

If you are unsure where to vote or what precinct you are in go to www.wheredoivotema.com to check your voting location.

Lilacs are Out

May 12, 2008 - Lilacs seem to be very colorful and abundant this spring all over town.


May 12, 2008 - A voter at the transfer station this weekend shares their view.

Onward Hike

May 12, 2008 - Three scouts lead the way on the Chestnut Hill Farm Trails.

ARHS Sports Schedule 5/12/08

Boys Varsity Tennis VS Fitchburg H.S. Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Tennis @ Fitchburg H.S.   3:30PM
 Girls Freshman Lacrosse @ Marlborough High School High School 3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Baseball VS Fitchburg H.S.   4:00PM
 Boys JV Baseball @ Fitchburg H.S.   4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Baseball VS Nashoba Regional H.S.   4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Softball VS Fitchburg H.S.   4:00PM
 Girls JV Softball @ Fitchburg H.S.   4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Lacrosse VS Acton-Boxborough Regional HS Algonquin 4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Lacrosse @ Marlborough High School High School 4:30PM
 Girls JV Lacrosse VS Acton-Boxborough Regional HS Algonquin 5:30PM
 Boys JV Volleyball VS Milford High School   6:00PM
 Boys Varsity Volleyball VS Milford High School   7:00PM

AVRTHS Sports Schedule 5/12/08

 Boys Varsity Track VS Nashoba Valley Techhs   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Track VS Nashoba Valley Techhs   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Click for directions   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Baseball VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs   3:30PM
 Boys JV Baseball @ Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Softball VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Softball Field 3:30PM
 Girls JV Softball @ Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Click for directions   3:30PM
Happy Mother's Day

May 11, 2008 - A new calf born last night rests on the grass in the pasture at Davco Orchard Conservation Land.

Mooove em out

May 11, 2008 - Volunteers helped move earlier this morning the Belted Galloway cows from their winter pen across Mt. Vickery road to the north pasture with good grazing.


Click above poster for more information on the Aggie School and directions.

Scenes from yesterdays New England Center for Children Race

If it weren't for Volunteers

May 11, 2008 - The president, Co-chairs of the annual plant sale and workers line up for a photo yesterday at the Southborough Gardener's plant sale.  Many other volunteers manned various tables and assisted with sales of plants and flowers.

Present a



Photobucket1 to 5 PM
June 1, 2008
Eight Southborough Locations
Advance tickets $20, At the door $25, day of the tour, pick up map and tickets at the Community House, 28 Main Street (RT 30).

For advance tickets send SASE with check to Southborough Gardeners, PO Box 184, Southborough, MA 01772 or telephone: 508-485-8959 or e-mail: mlaura291@aol.com

Photos of the Water Gardens on our Tour
  Click on the photos to enlarge them 





May 11, 2008 - Shift four firefighters pose in front of the former Southborough Engine 25.  The now privately owned truck is scheduled to leave for restoration soon.

Judith E. Aldrich



TACOMA, Wash. Judith Evelyn Aldrich, 63, of Tacoma, Wash., and formerly of Southborough, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Born in Worcester, she was the daughter of Evelyn H. Aldrich Merrill of Chesterfield, N.H., and the late David W. Aldrich. Judy was a graduate of Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, Class of 1963. After a period of time living and working in Boston, Judy moved to Alaska where she graduated from the University of Alaska and became a CPA. Judy and her family eventually moved to Tacoma, where she became an active and vocal member of the National MS Society, raising funds and MS awareness in and around the state of Washington. Among her many pursuits, Judy enjoyed swimming, skiing, horseback riding and traveling. She also loved art, photography, needlepoint, crochet, sewing, gardening and researching her family tree. Throughout the debilitating stages of her illness, Judy persevered in her interests, and even paralysis didnt prevent her from visiting her grandchildren or the local mall whenever she could. She spent the last 10 years of her life living in the Tacoma Lutheran Home in Tacoma, Wash., where, on certain sunny days she could be seen in the courtyard with her daughter, trimming the roses. She is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Nesbit and her husband, Kai, of Longview, Wash., Katherine Farrell and her husband, Vince, of Harvard; three brothers, David, Charles and Richard Aldrich; two sisters, Betsy Demers and Barbara Clews; and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service will take place Saturday, May 17, at 11:30 a.m., at the Rural Cemetery in Southborough. Expressions of sympathy may be sent in her memory to Central New England MS Society, 101 A First Ave, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451 Arrangements are under the direction of the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Southborough (morrisfuneralparlor.com).