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Archived Page 59

June 22 - 28,  2008

Really Moving Along

June 28, 2008 - Walgreens has the walls and roof up and moving right along at the Oak Hill Road and Route 9 intersection.

Police Log

6/10/08

Patrol and building checks

Traffic Enforcement: Rte 9, Boston Road, Framingham Road, Route 9 and Breakneck Hill, Main Street, Rte 85/9, Rte 85 St. Marks, Route 9

21:36 Assist Marlborough PD

19:03 MVA motorcycle causeway route 85

18:36 Commercial alarm Willow Street

16:05 low hanging wire Central Street

15:14 fire alarm Austin Kelly Lane

15:00 suspicious activity Plate on wrong vehicle

14:32 larceny route 9

14:21 Kidder lane Fire alarm

14:11 Fire alarm Wedgwood Drive

14:09 Fire Alarm Pine Cone

10:52 Safekeeping property of old ammo

07:35 medical Woodland Road

06:48 Low water alarm Tara Road

6/8/08

Patrol and building checks

Traffic Enforcement: Route 9 at Framingham line, Newton Street, Oakhill and Walnut, Route 9, Route 9 and Middle Road

23:14 suspicious activity Darlene Drive

20:45 Commercial Alarm Main Street

20:24 Medical Route 85

19:47 Southville and Parkerville Roads car blocking road

18:31 suspicious activity male walking along Crystal Pond Road

18:27 large type box on route 9

18:09 Medical Boston Road

17:07 commercial alarm Woodbury Road

14:24 William Onthank Road Medical

11:08 ACO loose black chicken on Highland Street

07:22 Oak Hill Road coyote hit by car  For more police log click here

Lift off Instructions

June 28, 2008 - Coach Ray LaChance gives pointers to a camper on where to step off.

Angry Clouds

June 28, 2008 - We've been seeing a lot of these angry clouds this season.

Starting your house hunting in Southborough? Contact Lorraine Estella of Realty Executives to see her listings.  Her latest listing is 11 room colonial home on nearly an acre of land in an the established neighborhood of Liberty Estates.  It includes four bedrooms, three and half baths including a master bath, two car garage, fireplaces, conservatory, two room in-law on first floor, library with copper ceiling, cherry floors and built ins, deck with fire pit and hot tub.  Listed at $1,199,000. A Southborough News Advertiser

June 29, 2008 this home will be featured from 1 - 3 PM at an Open House.  For more information contact Lorraine.

 

Sparkles visits the Southborough Library Next Week

June 28, 2008 - Sparkles and Dayna Hilton  are coming to read at Pajama Story Time, this Thursday, July 3 at 7 pm. It will be held outside weather permitting.  For more information about Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog click here.

MassWildlife Advisory

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary to Release Map Listing Outdoor Recreation Locations across Massachusetts

State Fish and Wildlife instructors will hold free fishing clinic

Public Invited!

WHAT:           Ian Bowles, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), will release the Massachusetts Outdoor Recreation Map, a directory of what the state has to offer in outdoor attractions and activities. As part of Governor Patrick’s dedication to enhancing local tourism, the informational guide is a great resource and tool for visitors as well as residents. The guide features outdoor safety tips and ethics and helpful information such as locations of state parks, forests, reservations, beaches, and wildlife areas. The updated map is a collaboration between two EEA agencies: the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). DFG’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife will offer a free fishing clinic after the press conference.

 WHO:             Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles

                        Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Mary Griffin

                        DCR Director of State Parks Priscilla Geigis

                        Local legislature

WHEN:           Tuesday            July 1, 2008               Time: 11:30 a.m.

                        The Fishing Clinic begins immediately after the press conference, followed by arts and crafts for the entire family.             

WHERE:         Walden Pond State Reservation – at the boat ramp

                                          DIRECTIONS:

From Rte. 95/128: Take exit 29B onto Rte. 2 West. At 3rd set of lights take a left onto Rte. 126 South. Parking is ¼ of mile down on left.

From Rte. 93: Get on Rte. 95/128 South. Take exit 29B onto Rte. 2 West. At 3rd set of lights take left onto Rte. 126 South. Parking is ¼ of mile down on left.

From Mass Pike Rte. I-90: Get on Rte. 95/128 North. Take exit 29B onto Rte. 2 West. At 3rd set of lights take left onto Rte. 126 South. Parking is ¼ of mile down on left.

From Rte. 495: Take exit 29A Onto Rte. 2 East. At 6th set of lights, take a right onto Rte. 126 South. Parking is ¼ of mile down on left.

From Rte. 3: Get onto Rte. 62 West. Follow through Bedford center and into Concord. At stop sign there is a Senkler Real Estate office directly in front of you. Take a left. Follow road to the left around traffic circle. Take next right onto Main St. Take 1st left onto Walden St. Follow Walden Street until you get to the intersection of Route 2. At this traffic light, go straight onto Rte. 126 South, (cross over Rte. 2). Parking is 200 yards down on left

 

Dora meets Kim

June 27, 2008 - Dora the Explorer meets Southborough Librarian Kim and a representative from oldies 103.3.

Front End Loader of the Day

June 27, 2008 - This Southborough Front End Loader takes a break from compacting the leaves and brush at the transfer station.

More Field and Track photos from camp

June 27, 2008 - above - Camp Counselors show the campers how its done. Below -Campers finish up the cross-country.

 

 

 

The Garden Sculpture says

"Welcome to My Garden"

Click on the photo to see the

 Southborough Gardeners

Kitchen and Garden Tour photos

taken by

Linda Hubley

&

Chris Wraight

from the June 1, 2008

tour

(Photos will be left up until July 12, 2008 )

Track Camp

June 26, 2008 - Coach Ray LaChance instructs youth at the Track Camp at ARHS in the art of the long jump.  Below photo - Kelsey takes the high road over a hurdle.  This past week and again this week 6/23, the Algonquin boys track and field coaches and players do a track and field camp from 5- 8p@ Algonquin.  The campers learn all the different 10 events and then there is a track meet held on Friday night.  The boys and girls from the high school track and field volunteer to teach the campers the various events.  Many of the high schoolers participated in the camp when they were younger. The camp will end tomorrow with an Olympic theme, flags and all starting at 5:00 PM at ARHS track/field.

Cookie Frosting Time

June 26, 2008 - Children's Librarian Lisa watches as one of Dora the Explorer followers frosts her cookie.  Dora the Explorer showed up at the Library yesterday followed by a "party" afterwards.

Greet and Meet

June 26, 2008 - Dora the Explorer poses for photos with her fans.

Book Sale Entertainment

June 26, 2008 - Book Sale patrons were entertained by a singing quartet a few weeks back. (photo courtesy of Southborough Library.)

 

Friday 6/13/08

00:27 BUILDING FIRE DEERFOOT RD
A28 FF NEAL FF ALESSI
C20 CHIEF MAURO
C27 CAPT MAURO
C30 EMT GLECKEL SO PELTIER
E21 LT G. HUBLEY
E22 LT DANO FF COBB
E23 FF ROACH LT SADOWSKI
L26 LT COLLEARY LT PELTIER LT MAURO FF TOMMANEY
R25 FF HOGAN CHP C LISTER FF LISTER
WEST LADDER
MARL ENGINE
NOTH ENGINE
HOPK ENGINE
ASH ENGINE
FRAM ENGINE
10:21 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ TURNPIKE RD
A29 LT DANO FF RICE
C30 LT SADOWSKI
E22 FF NEAL FF LISTER

Saturday 6/14/08

09:56 INVESTIGATION MAIN ST
E22 LT PELTIER FF FRANKS FF COBB FF HOGAN
10:08 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ PARTRIDGE HILL RD
A28 LT PELTIER LT COLLEARY
A29 FF COBB FF HOGAN
C20 CHIEF MAURO
C30 FF FRANKS
13:12 WRONG LOCATION NORTHBORO RD
A28 FF COBB FF HOGAN
E23 LT PELTIER FF FRANKS

Sunday 6/15/08

02:07 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ SCHOOL ST
A28 FF FRANKS FF HOGAN
13:30 ALARM SYSTEM MALFUNCTION MIDDLE RD
E22 FF STRONG FF RICE
20:37 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ OLD HARRY RD
A28 FF RICE FF STRONG
C30 FF KANE

Monday 6/16/08

09:00 26F REINSPECTION KENNEDY LN
C27 CAPT MAURO
10:00 FIRE STATION TOUR MAIN ST
C3 CAPT MAURO FF FRANKS FF PIERCE
13:30 SMOKE DETECTOR, RESALE MIDDLE RD
C27 CAPT MAURO
14:00 SMOKE DETECTOR NEW CONSTRUCT OVERLOOK DR
C27 CAPT MAURO
21:07 BUILDING FIRE ORCHARD RD
A28 FF ALESSI EMT GLECKEL
C20 CHIEF MAURO
E21 LT G. HUBLEY FF HUBLEY
E22 LT PELTIER FF AMENDOLA FF HOGAN
E23 FF FRANKS FF PIERCE
L26 FF WILLS FF TOMMANEY
NOR LADDER
OTH SO PELTIER CHP C LISTER CAPT DOCKSTADER
R25 LT COLLEARY FF NEAL
SC1 EMT C BECHTEL LT MAURO  Click here for more fire log

Child Safety Seat Regulations to change July 10, 2008

The Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law requires children under 5 years of age or who weigh 40 pounds or less to ride in properly installed, federally-approved child safety seat. 

This law also requires children 5 years of age through 12 to wear a safety belt.

A booster seat is recommended to ensure that the safety belt fits properly for children less than 57" in height.

NOTE: the Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law was amended in April 2008 and as of July 10, 2008 will require a properly fastened and secured child safety restraint for children under age eight or less than 57" in height, whichever comes first. The expanded law will require a booster seat/safety belt combination for child who have outgrown child safety seats - typically when they are above age five or 40 pounds. 

The Massachusetts Safety Belt Law requires safety belt use by those 13 years of age and older.

Retiring

June 25, 2008 - Southborough Facilities Manager Basilio Diaz says his thank you and farewell speech at the Southborough Town House this afternoon.  Town employees hosted a retirement party for Basilio during the lunch hour honoring the nine year employee as he ends his career working for the Town.  Basilio is shown with a gift from the town of photos of all nine buildings he was currently responsible for.  Left - Basilio carefully cuts the cake decorated all out in his favorite team the Boston Red Sox.  Not.  Anyone that had met Basilio always first noticed his Yankees cap. But knowing he worked in Red Sox Nation a cake honoring the Red Sox (with tiny little NY in the corner) was given in his honor. Below Basilio and Diane.

Dora the Explorer

June 25, 2008 - Dora the Explorer visited the Southborough Library courtesy of the Fidelity and radio station Oldies 103.3.  Don't forget to sign up for Wild Reads Summer reading program at the library.

Shrub Eater

June 25, 2008 - A DPW articulated mower takes out the unwanted vegetation on the roadsides.

Resting

June 25, 2008 - Keeping an eye out this German Shepherd takes it easy today.

Pruning and Trim work

June 25, 2008 - Mrs. Gulbankian snips some flower petals to keep the stock healthy and vibrant.  Lots of flowers available for sale at Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop.  Pick up a nice gift from their shop.

Temporary Amtrak Changes

Thames River Bridge Rail Service Outage Set for June 24-27

Limited substitute train and bus service schedule confirmed during four-day outage

NEW YORK - Amtrak has scheduled limited alternate train and bus service during the rescheduled replacement of the moveable span of Amtrak's Thames River Bridge in New London, Conn., Tuesday, June 24 through Friday, June 27. During that four-day period, regularly scheduled Amtrak service between New York and Boston will be suspended and limited alternate train and bus service will be provided in the New York-Boston region.

Because of the bridge outage, Amtrak has scheduled three Boston-New Haven-New York Inland Route trains (via Hartford and Springfield) and limited connecting bus service to bypass the bridge outage during the four-day period from June 24 through June 27.

Work on the 90-year-old drawbridge, which connects Groton and New London, Conn., was postponed due to unexpected complications encountered by Amtrak's contractors in dismantling the old draw span's massive concrete counterweight.

After more than two years of preparation and construction, Amtrak will install a new vertical lift span to replace the movable bascule portion of the bridge, marking the final stage of a multi-year, $83 million project designed to improve the reliability of the bridge, reduce the chance of operational failures, and minimize train delays. Amtrak apologizes for any additional inconvenience resulting from the shift in plans.

For detailed information on train and bus schedules during the outage, customers may check amtrak.com  or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Alternate Service Highlights

Monday, June 23

Late afternoon trains 94, 178 will terminate at Springfield and New Haven, respectively. Train 66 will terminate in New York City.

Tuesday through Friday, June 24 through 27

All Acela Express service is canceled north of New York City. (Acela will operate normally between New York and Washington.)

Three Northeast Regional round-trips will operate between New York and Boston via Hartford and Springfield (the "Inland Route"), offering coach, business class and café service.

Four daily round-trip express bus schedules will operate between Providence and New Haven, connecting with trains at those cities. These buses will operate express with no intermediate stops.

Four daily round-trip express bus schedules will operate between Kingston, R.I. and New Haven, connecting with trains at those cities. These buses will operate express making no intermediate stops.

Three daily round-trip trains will operate between New London, Conn., and New Haven, with an intermediate stop at Old Saybrook, Conn. These trains will connect at New Haven with other Amtrak trains to points west and south, and two of the three trains will accommodate Connecticut DOT monthly ticket holders.

One round-trip train will operate between Westerly, RI and Boston, operating in the morning northbound and the evening southbound.

During the bridge outage, no Amtrak service will be provided at Route 128, Mass. to points south, and passengers are directed to either Providence or Boston. MBTA service between Providence and Boston will operate normal service during the outage.

During the bridge outage, no service will be offered at Westerly, R.I. to points west and south.

Mystic, Conn., will have neither bus nor train service during the outage, and passengers should go to New London or Westerly.

Saturday, June 28

Regularly scheduled service resumes (except for train 195 and 99, which will have modified schedules.)

During the bridge outage, Amtrak personnel and signs will be utilized to assist passengers with the adjusted schedules at stations along the Shoreline Route.

Passengers wishing to use regularly scheduled bus services between Boston and New York or New Haven may contact Greyhound or Peter Pan bus companies:

Greyhound
1-800-231-2222
www.greyhound.com

Peter Pan
1-800-343-9999
www.peterpanbus.com

For more information about the Thames River Bridge outage schedules and alternative travel availability, visit amtrak.com. For additional information from the United States Coast Guard for marine interests read the letter to mariners in PDF format, www.amtrak.com/pdf/MarinerLetter.pdf.

Amtrak provides intercity passenger rail service to more than 500 destinations in 46 states on a 21,000-mile route system.

 

Another Wash

June 24, 2008 - Another big burst of rain hit Southborough late this afternoon with spectacular lightening and thunder plus pea sized hail.  This spring and start of summer seems to be having quite a few pop up thunderstorms.

Emergency Preparedness

June 24, 2008 - About 90 people attended "Operation Double Trouble" today at the Southborough Senior Center.  Quabbin Healthcare Consulting, Inc presented the tabletop exercise to Southborough police, fire, DPW, Ted's Towing, Board of Health, Southborough administration officers, selectmen, school officials and local emergency planning committee members.  Police and Fire Chiefs, firefighters and patrolmen from the area towns of Hopkinton, Ashland, Northborough, Westborough, Marlborough and Framingham along with officials from the Massachusetts State Police, Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross and local hospitals also participated in the exercise.  The tabletop exercise was able to be presented from use of a grant that was awarded to the Southborough Emergency Management.

New Lot

June 24, 2008 - Material is ready to be spread for a parking lot at Fayville Hall.

Announcing New Location for Peaceful Minds Massage Therapy

Shannon McGrew LCMT has relocated from her former site in Southborough to a new office located at 69 Milk Street in Westborough, MA

Make an appointment with Shannon if you need to relax from the stress of today's economy of high prices such as gas or food.  Have a medical reason to get a massage? Shannon offers the following massage services: Deep Tissue/Therapeutic Massage, Swedish Relaxation Massage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage, Hot Stone Massage (photo on left), Pregnancy Massage, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy and Reiki. 

Call for an appointment at 508 - 735 -0396

 

Click here for Shannon and Peaceful Minds Massage Therapy packages and specials.  Packages and specials can be found for moms/dads/brides to be, fire, police, EMS, Happy Birthday, Introduction to Massage therapy, referrals and more.

Washing Time

June 24, 2008 - This little cottontail decides to wash up not even knowing it's about to get photographed.

Click the banner above to see the FINAL Draft Master Plan that has been posted on the Town's Website.  The Master Plan Steering Committee will be presenting the plan to the Planning Board at their meeting on Monday, June 30th at 9:00 P.M.   Following the presentation and any questions, we will be seeking the Board's vote to adopt the Master Plan for the Town.

Book signing

June 23, 2008 - Although Summer Nights was postponed due to iffy weather followers of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog came out to buy and get their Sparkles book signed by Author Dayna Hilton yesterday at the Southborough Fire Station.

CERT Training

June 23, 2008 - CERT volunteers meet yesterday afternoon to go over procedures during calls when members may be used and checked out the CERT trailer. CERT members will assist the town emergency response personnel at fires, road closures, pandemics and more.  For more information on how to become a CERT member click the Southborough Fire Department link.

Nature's Kaleidoscope

June 23, 2008 - Mountain Laurel florets imitate a children's kaleidoscope.

Southborough meetings

June 23 - 27, 2008

Meeting

Date

Time

Where

SOUTHBOROUGH AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST FUND COMM. 6/24 6:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
Agenda
 
6/25 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
COMMUNITY PRESERVATION 6/26 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
Senior Center Schedule

Monday 23

Tuesday 24

Wednesday 25

Thursday 26

Friday 27

8:30 Health Clinic

8:30 Walking Group

10:00 AM Pool

8:30 Health Clinic

 

9:00 AM Dr. Cooper

9:00 Emergency training

 

9:30 Mah Jongg

 
9:30 Cribbage

11:00 Senior Singers

  10:00 Creative Writers  
12:00 Spanish   11:00 chair exercise colonial gardens   12:00 PM lunch
12:00 Lunch

11:30 AM Lunch

  11:00 am Tai Chi 1:00 PM Bingo
 

12:00 Ping Pong

12:00 PM lunch

11:30 AM Lunch

 
  12:30 PM Pitch  

12:30 PM Pitch

 
2:00 Fitness        
   

2:00 Fitness

1:00 PM bridge

 

**IMPORTANT NOTICE**

BREAKNECK HILL CONSERVATION LAND

PUBLIC NOTICE OF HERBICIDE APPLICATION

As part of the Breakneck Hill Conservation Land ongoing restoration project, we will be doing some spot spraying of herbicide on a few selected areas on Tuesday, July 1, 2008. The trails will be closed for 2 days only, and will reopen on Thursday, July 3, 2008. We are again using Northern Tree as our contractor. Their staff is specially trained and licensed to apply herbicides and to work within environmentally sensitive areas.

The spot spraying will help to eradicate some of the invasive species such as poison ivy and bittersweet. Within 48 hours following the herbicide application, the trails will be completely safe for public use. The herbicide will have no adverse affects to the Community Gardens which will remain open and accessible during the treatment.

The restoration project is a joint effort among the Breakneck Hill Cow Fund (BHCF), the Southborough Stewardship Committee, and the Southborough Conservation Commission and is being made possible through a grant awarded to the BHCF from the USDA, Community Preservation Act funds, the Town of Southborough, and the generosity of residents of the Town. The ultimate goal of the project is to increase biodiversity and create hay fields, grasslands, shrublands, and meadows.

If you have questions, please contact Beth Rosenblum at the Southborough Conservation Commission office at 508-485-0710 ext. 3024. A copy of the Material Safety and Data Sheet (MSDS) is available at the Conservation office.

Breakneck Hill Cow Fund

Southborough Stewardship Committee

Southborough Conservation Commission

The Marlboro Senior Softball teams were in action last week with a clean sweep for the week. The Iron Workers Union Local #7 took 2 games and  The Friends of the Marlboro Seniors won their two games the week of Jun 21st.

 

The Iron Workers Local #7 entertained the Windham Ct Elders and took the  doubleheader in two close games winning 13 - 7 and the 2nd game 10 – 7.  The Local #7 offense was led by Steve Goldstein 5 for 7, Pete Mirabella 4 for 7 and Mike Otenti chipping in with a triple and double..

 

The Friends of the Marlborough Seniors softball team enjoyed their best day of the season, so far, sweeping a doubleheader at the Shrewsbury Seniors.  The scores were 9 to 8, in a very tight contest, Marlboro scoring the winning run in the top of the 7th inning, and 14 to 9 in game two.  The batting stars, for the day, were Emory Payne who had 6 hits in 7 trips to the plate and Kevin Neary who went 5 for 6. Bob Clark went 3 for 3 in the 1st game, while Emory, Kevin and Don Smith were all 3 for 3 in the 2nd game. Bob Biggar pitched game 1 and Paul Chambers pitched the 2nd.  Manager Ron Saloman indicated that these were team wins as every single player contributed at the plate or with solid fielding plays.

 

Team Record are the Friends of the Marlboro Seniors is 4 and 8 and the Iron Workers Union Local #7 is 12 and 4.

NOTICE

SOUTHBOROUGH SUMMER NIGHTS

IS POSTPONED TO

AUGUST 25, 2008

(DUE TO IMPENDING BAD WEATHER LATER TODAY)

Dayna and Sparkles Book signing is still on but time/place changed

June 22, 2008 -  Dayna Hilton and Sparkles will be available to sign their new book Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog at the Southborough Fire Station tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  For more information on Sparkles click here.

Check your clocks

June 22, 2008 - An early morning power outage located mainly in the south part of town early this morning caused numerous brownouts and/or power outages.  The cause was a 3 phase line down on Washington Street in Westborough.  National Grid repaired the problem shortly after 6:30 AM this morning.

Car Washing Weekend Warrior

June 22, 2008 - This young volunteer gets to wash the big vehicle after he had sprayed all the adult volunteers.

Friday July 11, 2008 - 8:00 PM
AZTEC TWO-STEP

The Center for Arts in Natick
14 Summer Street
Natick, MA 01760
Tickets and Information (508) 647-0097
www.natickarts.org


"...some of the most endearing beautiful music I've heard in a long time...
it seems to float in the darkness... They've solidified their reputation as
a unique, exquisite act." - Performance
TCAN welcomes back Aztec Two-Step for their first appearance here since
their sold-out 35th Anniversary performance was captured "Live at TCAN" for
DVD. Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime making music together
as the folk/rock duo Aztec Two-Step, but never standing still, their 1986
release Living in America was cited in Billboard Magazine's year-end critics
poll and received the 1987 Best Folk Album at the New York Music Awards.

Admission:
$28 and $25 for members
Students/senior discount $1
 
www.aztectwostep.com
 

Resor Approves Landmark Life Sciences Bill

to Secure Massachusetts as Leader in Biotech Industry

$1 billion package encourages job growth; establishes world’s largest stem-cell bank

(Boston) – Sen. Pam Resor (D-Middlesex & Worcester) voted last week to invest $1 billion in the state’s burgeoning life sciences industry. Historic in size and scope, the highly-anticipated legislation creates a new environment for the future economy with incentives for job growth, research, and development that will secure the Commonwealth’s position as a leader in biotechnology.

“I applaud Gov. Patrick for making smart economic development growth a priority,” said Sen. Resor. “Life sciences and technology are burgeoning industries which have strong roots here and therefore the necessary resources to grow here. This initiative bodes well for Massachusetts residents since this long-term investment will translate into significant job growth.”

Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) said the bill will keep Massachusetts competitive with the rest of the world and help researchers develop new medications and cures to serious illnesses.

“We have all the components here in Massachusetts to support a strong life sciences industry,” President Murray said. “With our world-class medical centers and universities and an educated workforce, the addition of this life sciences package makes Massachusetts the ideal choice for biotech companies to grow and conduct ground-breaking research.”

The economic development package takes a targeted approach to growing high-paying, quality jobs, drawing biotech companies to Massachusetts, and retaining talented scientists and researchers at state institutions. It also includes funding for development of the world’s largest stem-cell bank at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester that will be a significant tool in researching and developing new treatments.

“We are proud of the work we have done in collaboration with the Administration, industry groups, businesses, healthcare leaders and academia,” said Senator Jack Hart (D-Boston), senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. “This bill sends a powerful message that we are committed to maintaining our status as a global leader in the life sciences industry.”

The 10-year initiative includes $250 million in tax credits for life sciences companies that promise to create jobs in the Commonwealth and $250 million for direct research grants to encourage the best and brightest in the industry to conduct research in Massachusetts. It also includes $500 million in capital investments for construction and improvement projects in the industry.

Other provisions of the bill include:

· Twenty-five million dollars will be appropriated annually over 10 years to the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) to provide direct grants and programs for the industry.

· Initiatives considered for funding include seed money to address federal funding shortfalls for life science research, aid to post-doctoral and graduate students studying life sciences, the establishment of new grant programs to boost the biotechnology workforce, and “requipment” grants that provide funding for the state’s vocational and technical schools to train the next generation of life science employees.

· Capital expenditures include $299.5 million in allocations for infrastructure improvements statewide. Some locations identified for new scientific research centers include Pittsfield, Lowell, Springfield, Framingham, Dartmouth, Boston, Taunton and Woods Hole. The remaining $200.5 million will go to the Massachusetts Life Science Center Fund, allowing MLCS the freedom to provide capital funds for unforeseen initiatives and life sciences projects in the next 10 years.

· The bill includes $25 million in tax incentives for certified life sciences companies, including a tax credit toward the purchase of property for life sciences companies, extending from five to 15 years the tax exemption for life sciences companies and additional tax credits for companies located in identified economic opportunity areas throughout the state.

· The bill allows life sciences companies to apply for eligibility as a “certified life sciences project” to receive one or more of nine refundable tax credits.

The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.

 

CUSTOMER SERVICE NOTICE

 

To all our Worcester/Framingham Line customers:

 

Beginning Sunday, June 22 , 2008, CSX will be performing rail replacement on the Worcester Line for the entire day.  During this work, trains will be bused between Grafton and Worcester affecting the following trains:

 

SUNDAY JUNE 22, 2008

 

 

Inbound Trains:

   

  • P552 - Bus from Worcester (departing at 9:25am) to Grafton.

 

  • P556 - Bus from Worcester (departing at 2:15pm) to Grafton.

 

  • P560 - Bus from Worcester (departing at 6:05pm) to Grafton.

 

  • P562 - Bus from Worcester (departing at 8:15pm) to Grafton.

 

Outbound Trains:

 

  • P553 – Bus from Grafton (departing at 8:57am) to Worcester.

 

  • P557 - Bus from Grafton (departing at 1:49pm) to Worcester.

 

  • P561- Bus from Grafton (departing at 5:39pm) to Worcester.

 

  • P563- Bus from Grafton (departing at 7:07pm) to Worcester.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience you experience because of this project. 

 

Commuter rail service information is available on the MBTA website at www.mbta.com  by calling the MBTA Customer Support Services Center at 617-222-3200.

 

Thank you for riding commuter rail.

 

Customer Service

Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail

Operating the Commuter Rail on behalf of the MBTA

 

The Marlboro Senior Softball teams were back in action after being rained out previous week.  The  Iron Workers Union Local #7 took 2 games and  The Friends of the Marlboro Seniors dropped two games the week of Jun 14 th.

The Iron Workers Local #7 traveled Wayland and the the “A” Team and took a doubleheader in two close games winning 6 - 3 and the 2nd game 8 – 4 behind the fine pitching of Fred Scerra and excellent defense led by Tom Hall throwing out two runners from left field one at home and one at third.   The Local #7 offense was led by Bob Maquire going 4 for 5 and Bob Clifford chipping in with a home run.

The Marlborough Friends of Seniors softball team traveled to Windham, Connecticut on Thursday June 5th to play the Windham Seniors.  Windham was victorious in two well played games buy the scores of 8 to 4 and 16 to 5.. Hitting leaders were Emory Payne and Steve Ziegler who both went 4 for 6, Jim Raymond and Dennis Pollard both had home runs trying to help the Friends cause.  Mgr Ron Saloman said that this is the best the team has looked this year playing against a tough team, the Windham Seniors who are the toughest team we will face all year.