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June 29, - July 5,  2008

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July Weekend

July 4, 2008 - The Southborough News wishes all of our readers a safe and fun holiday weekend. Drive safe.  (The flag on the Sudbury Reservoir Island has once again been raised anew.  Each year a new flag arrives on the island in a long held townie secrecy.  Although rumors abound about who is responsible, many in town still do not know who paddles out to put the flag up.



Dance Centre

Established in 1978

Quality instruction with a caring touch for all ages and abilities

111 Cherry Street, Ashland, MA 01721

(508) 881 -5109

Sign up is now going on for the 2008 -2009 year.  Classes fill fast so call to make sure you get the class you want.  Don't forget Annemarie's Dance Centre also provides a summer program. 

With so many of the reality television shows featuring dancing such as Dancing with the Stars and So You Think you Can Dance, dance classes around the country are filling their lessons. Conveniently located near Southborough.  Give Annemarie's Dance Centre a call to register for dance lessons.  

Click here for website.

2008-2009 Registration:

Sparkles and Firefighter John

July 4, 2008 - Southborough Firefighter, John Tommaney brought his child to the book reading of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog.  Author Dayna Hilton asked John if he had his gear with him which he did. John and Dayna show all the youngsters what firefighters wear to protect themselves while fighting fires.

Wrong Holiday

July 4, 2008 - A Turkey comes out to rest in a backyard this week. Probably thinks its safe since it's only the 4th of July this week.


July 4, 2008 - It seems that this year it appears the growing season has vegetables and flowers taking off in growth spurts.

The Marlboro Senior Softball teams were in action last week with the week. The Iron Workers Union Local #7 their 2 games and The Friends of the Marlboro Seniors won their four games the week of Jul 2nd.

The Iron Workers Local #7 visited the Gray Sox in Wayland  and split their two games winning  the first 8 to 4 and lost the rain shortened game 10 – 7.  The Local #7 offense was led by Dennis Naylor and Mike Otenti both going 5 for 6.  Defensive gem Tom Hall continued his hot play in left field running down fly balls and throwing out 2 more runners at home and 3rd.

The Friends of the Marlborough Seniors softball team enjoyed their best week of the season, so far, winning all 4 games.  They took 2 from the Scituate Seniors winning both games 11-10 and 13 - 4  The batting stars, for the day, were Emory Payne who was 3 for 5 and Larry Kron who was 2 for 3 with two walks.  

The Friends then took on the Gray Sox “Bees and split their double header winning the first game 16 – 12 and winning the 2nd game 11 – 6. Marlboro offense was led by Don Armstrong going 5 for 5 and Bob Biggar 5 for 7 and Ed Beauchemin 4 for 6.

Team Record are the Friends of the Marlboro Seniors is 6 and 12 and the Iron Workers Union Local #7 is 14 and 6.

Lilies are Out

July 3, 2008 - Roadsides and yards are glowing with orange as the lilies blossom.

Sparkles Visits the Southborough Library

July 3, 2008 - Fans of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, are read a preview of author Dayna Hilton's draft book on Sparkle Goes to Boston.  The book will feature firefighters and scenes from Southborough.  It is scheduled to come out early next year.

And Yet another Storm

July 3, 2008 - The forces of Nature made sure that we got our daily storm in this afternoon.  Alarms went off at Fay School and there was a wire touching tree limbs at East Main and Overlook Drive.  No major damages were reported. Above photo taken from Fitzgerald's parking lot before the storm. Below photo taken near Fay School, Main Street after the storm.




All commuter trains will operate on a Saturday Schedule, and no fares will be collected after 10:30PM.

The following trains will be held for passengers enjoying the fireworks:



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Further information on holiday service may be obtained by visiting the MBTA website: www.mbta.com

Thank you for riding the commuter rail.

Customer Services

Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail

Operating the Commuter Rail on behalf of the MBTA

Events & Essentials E-news
July 2008

In the News...

Researchers say they've discovered a gene that may indicate someone is more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, and it could become a target for drug treatments, according to HealthDay News.
MEMORY RIDE for Research: July 26 Volunteer to Help the Ride!
Memory Ride 
Raise hope; Raise awareness; Raise money for Alzheimer's research--that's the mission of the more than 200 riders who will be trekking 25, 62, and even 100 miles on Saturday, July 26.

 VOLUNTEER to help the riders as they face the challenging day. Contact Memory Ride organizer Laura Goldberg by e-mail or call 617.868.6718. From water stop helpers to RNs to bike techs--there's a place for you to take part in this exciting and important day!

CHEER THEM ON! Memory Ride begins at Devens, MA and loops through communities in Middlesex County and southern NH. Come out and cheer on the riders as they pass through your town! [Click Here]  for route info.

Help Fight for Quality Care for Alzheimer's

Time is running out for Senate Bill 425 calling for regulation and quality standards for dementia special care units in MA nursing homes. Call or e-mail your state senator today and ask him/her to support SB425. Don't know your Senator?  [Click Here]

Help is here, 24 / 7 / 365nsultation

Woman with questionsDo you want to know about programs and services in your community? Do you need information about Alzheimer's? Are you experiencing a difficult time managing symptoms?  We may be able to help.
Helpline calls are confidential and free. Trained staff answer your questions. We also offer care consultation to assist families with complex issues.
Call 800.272.3900
or contact us Helpline Online  
A Touch of Class
Liven your home with a bit of Broadway with an original 24" x 44 ½" framed serigraph by Melanie Taylor Kent donated by Renjeau Art Gallery, Natick to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Valued at $1200, bidding begins at $500.  Contact Sheila Watnick by clicking on the print or call 617.393.2008. 
Deadline: 5 p.m., July 14.

To view a larger sized image of the print [Click Here]
Memory Walk 08: Register TODAY 
WalkerJoin us for one of our nine Mass Memory Walks, September 13-28.  Register at www.memorywalkma.org or call the MW hotline at 617.393.2050. 
Join Our Mailing List 

Learn More About Alzheimer's

For a complete list of educational programs
Programs for families are FREE
Support Groups Are Lifesavers!
Support Groups meet regularly to help people with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, and their care partners, cope with the challenges of Alzheimer's and share the experience.
Parachute Jump Benefits Alzheimer's
August 23 & 24
Volunteers are organizing the JUMP FOR ALZHEIMER'S 
Find out more about this unique event!
Meet Our New Director of Education


 Will Reiter
Will Reiter has joined the Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter as Director of Education. Will brings a wonderful background in Alzheimer's and working with families. He has oversight of our full range of family and professional programs--a job previously held by Rachel Hawk who retired in June after 20 wonderful years with our organization.

Our Vision:  a world without Alzheimer's disease.

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


July 2, 2008

Storms over Southborough

We've had a blast of


and thunderstorms over the past

several weeks.  This afternoon

Cordaville and Southville portions of

town witnessed some good-sized hail

falling to the ground.  



Celebrating the 4th (just a wee bit early)

July 2, 2008 - Children line up inside the Southborough Library to pick out their 4th of July hats, flags, necklaces and noisemakers.  The Library fourth of July parade has been a tradition in town for many, many years.

Get your car fueled, fluids checked and then wash your vehicle for the big holiday

July 2, 2008 - Easily accessible and convenient Southborough Auto Tech and Choice Car Wash.  A family owned business the care for you and your car.  Southborough Auto Tech is located at 145 Boston Road (route 30 ), Southborough.  Choice Car Wash is located at the other end of the plaza. Both Southborough News Advertisers.  Please support our advertisers.

Southborough Players Logo

Southborough Players

Open House

Was a SUCCESS !!!!



We want to thank all of people who came and showed their support for the Southborough Players and local theater at our Open House meeting on June 13th.  We had a chance to see and talk with many of the people who have been a part of previous shows and shared many ideas and thoughts on how to move forward.  The highlight of the night was video montage put together by the Board showing scenes and memorable performances from more than ten years of Southborough Player productions.  Together, with all of the responses we have received from people who couldn't attend but voiced their support, we have put together a plan to continue the tradition of this theater group with another season of performances.
Our first order of business is to elect our 2008-2009 Board and to do so we need to complete our membership drive.  Only active members can vote for the Board so we encourage all those who haven't to mail a $5 check to do so and become a member.  Please send your checks to :
The Southborough Players
PO Box 367
Southborough, MA 01772
We must receive your dues by July 8th in order to be able to vote in this year's Board elections.

In July, we will be forwarding the ballot and a list of the candidates for the new board.  There is still time to put your name on the ballot!( See a list of board Positions below)

 We will ask members to mark their ballots and mail, or e-mail, their responses back to us in order to be tallied.  We will then post the results and announce the new Board who will take over responsibility for steering the Players in September. At the same time, the current Board will be working to plan for at least one new production next year by putting together a production team with director.  We will be asking all of you to help us in some way in the next year; whether it will be a membership drive, working on play reading committees, or helping in some way with a production.  Thanks again for your support and we look forward to putting together our 40th season!

The Southborough Players Board of Directors

Mark Kujawski President
Steve Bonner Vice President
Steve Sullivan Secretary
Rick Saunders Treasurer & Member At Large
Ivan Slovin Member At Large


Southborough Players Board Positions

The President shall officially represent the Players to the community and other theater organizations. Preside over all Board and general membership meetings. Act a
The Vice-President Shall In the absence of the President, perform the duties and exercises of the President.  Arrange housing for all membership meetings. Where appropriate publicize all general membership meetings and activities of the Players with the exception of major production publicity.
The Treasurer shall attend all financial matters of the Players Keep accurate records of all financial business of the Players.  Keep books of accounts and enter therein all monies received and dispersed. .  Collect, receive and hold all funds and disperse same as authorized by the Board Be made signator of the Players' checking account with the President as co-signator.
The Secretary shall keep all records of the Players attend all meetings of the Board and General Membership for the purpose of recording the minutes. Be prepared to read the minutes of the preceding meetings at the request of the President.   Maintain a register of all members and a filing system of all important papers.  Care for all correspondence of the Players and issue notices of all meetings of the membership.  File Annual Report to the Commonwealth.
The Member-at-large shall attend all regular meetings of the Board Communicate suggestions, problems, etc. of the general membership to the Board.
Act as Ad Hoc board representatives for committees such as Play Reading, Publicity, etc.

If you are interested in running for a Board Position, please send an email to newsletter@southboroughplayers.org telling us which position(s) you are interested in and a short (2-3 line) bio which will be sent to voting members as part of an eBallot and don't forget to send in your dues by July 8th.


Thank you for supporting the Southborough Players. We look forward to continuing the tradition of bringing live theater to Metrowest since 1969





 Without your help we can not survive



The Producer is responsible for the overall production. The Producers works with the Production Staff, Directors and Board to insure a successful production (This is a paid position)


Production Staff

There are multiple  options available on the Production Staff such as:
Stage Manager
Program Manager
Asst. Director
Light & Sound Dir
House Manager
Box Office Manager
Concession Manager



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A Few More Shots from Saturday's Fire Drill

July 2, 2008 - Firefighter PJ Phaneuf checks Southborough Lieutenant Jim Peltier's air pack before going back into the burn building.  Below photo - Southborough Fire Chaplin and St. Mark's priest gets a few pointers from fire instructor Joseph Nedder, Jr.

Resor Announces Massachusetts Energy Policy Reform

(BOSTON, MA) – The State Legislature voted recently to pass a sweeping energy reform package that focuses on promoting and developing energy efficiency and renewable energy across the Commonwealth. This omnibus ‘green’ bill contains many provisions which Sen. Resor has championed as the Chair of the Environment Committee in the Massachusetts Senate including strengthening the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), green building requirements, renewable energy ‘net metering’, and more.

“I am very pleased that this bill includes provisions from one of my own bills, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative bill,” said Sen. Resor. “This bill codifies our participation in RGGI and positions us at the forefront of any future national cap-and-trade program.”

The Green Communities Act emphasizes “Efficiency First Energy Procurement” and requires distribution companies to consider all available energy resources when purchasing power. The bill also mandates that the state’s electric companies purchase the most cost-effective and stable resources, with the goal of procuring all cost-effective energy efficiency and conservation before turning to a more expensive supply from traditional sources.

“With the cost of energy skyrocketing, it is critical that the Commonwealth’s energy policies prioritize energy efficiency while encouraging the development of alternative fuels, other emerging technologies and alternative methods of energy service, such as net metering,” Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) said. “This legislation takes those necessary steps.”

Specifically for cities and towns, the legislation directs the Department of Energy Resources’ new Division of Green Communities to establish a green communities program. This will give cities and towns the opportunity to take advantage of loans and grants provided by the state to finance the cost of energy efficiency improvements and renewable and alternative energy projects.

“It is becoming increasingly evident that we must take the necessary steps of moving ourselves toward greater energy independence,” said Senator Michael W. Morrissey (D-Quincy), Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. “Renewable energy and energy efficiency must be at the forefront in order to meet our goals. The bill provides various incentives and assistance for new renewable energy development and continued support of our existing renewable and alternative energy facilities and programs.”

The bill also revamps the existing Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund, housed within the Massachusetts Technology Park Collaborative. The Fund, still under the direction of the Collaborative, will now be directly overseen and administered by a governing board, chaired by the Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources. The new board will be required to ensure that funds will be used to generate the maximum economic and environmental benefits from renewable energy to the ratepayers of the Commonwealth. This will be achieved through initiatives which utilize the advantages of renewable energy in a more competitive energy marketplace.

Furthermore, the legislation establishes the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Auction Trust Fund, consisting of funds recovered through carbon dioxide allowance auctions. In January 2007, Massachusetts joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cooperative effort by Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce carbon dioxide emission. Funds from these auctions, deposited into the trust, will be used for projects like the green communities program and the promotion of energy efficiency, conservation and demand response.

Another important initiative within the bill amends the current renewable energy portfolio standard and creates a second tier to assist our region’s existing renewable resources while we continue to promote new renewable energy to come online. Class I eligible technologies will include new and incremental renewable generation while the second tier, Class II, is created to include existing renewable generation.

The Green Communities Act also:

• Directs the state to replace state-owned and operated vehicles with more fuel-efficient vehicles;

• Directs the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs to establish a program whereby homeowners or tenants can purchase renewable energy products for the home with no up-front payment, and pay them off monthly on their utility bill;

• Establishes a five-year pilot program, requiring distribution companies to enter into cost-effective renewable energy contracts, over 10 to 15 years, to help eliminate a barrier in the financing of renewable energy generation in the Commonwealth;

• Codifies the Office of the Ratepayer Advocate under the Attorney General to intervene in proceedings on behalf of Massachusetts ratepayers;

• Encourages net metering to promote on-site generation through financial incentives;

• Establishes a commission to examine the environmental and economic impact of instituting a green building plan for the Commonwealth.

The Legislation now awaits final approval in the House of Representatives.

Bucolic Southborough

July 1, 2008 - The Oreo cows seek shade in the background while in the foreground the community gardens continue to blossom.



Southborough Library

celebrates the 4th of July

With a parade beginning at the Southborough Library a

at 11:00 AM

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Like the March of the Penguins

July 1, 2008 - Off Duty firefighter Dana Amendola leads a group of youngsters through the fire station.  The children were about to become part of the book for Sparkles Goes To Boston which should be out in early 2009.  Author Dayna Hilton and Sparkles will be at the PJ Storytime Thursday at 7:00 PM at the Southborough Library.

Water Lilies are out

July 1, 2008 - In many of the reservoir coves and shorelines one can find numerous lily pads.

Take me for a Walk

July 1, 2008 - Hunter is ready for his walk.

Another day of Storms

July 1, 2008 - It seems as though each day this summer we have seen one or two thunderstorms roll through the area.


June 30, 2008 - The Direct TV blimp flew over parts of Southborough this afternoon.

Story Time

June 30, 2008 - Lieutenant Peltier speaks to a group of youngsters about firefighting. Dayna Hilton author of Sparkles (shown here) the Fire Safety Dog are writing their new book adventure Sparkles Goes to Boston.  Many of the photos and stories will center on Southborough firefighters and scenes.  If you would love to meet Sparkles and Dayna they will be at the Southborough Library Thursday July 3, 2008 for the PJ Story time.  Come on out to see Sparkles before she has to leave Southborough.  For more information on Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog click here for the blog  and here for Sparkles website.




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

Southborough's Youth & Family Camp still has some places available! For more infomation please call 508 481 5676 and see our flyer below.

Click here for mail in form Registration


June 30, 2008 - Firefighters that have just come out of the burn building rehab.


Southborough Library Schedule

Tuesday July 2, 2008

11:00 AM July 4th parade @ the Library


Thursday July 3, 2008

7:00 PM

PJ Story Time 

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog

and Author Dayna Hilton

 book signing

*****JULY 2008*****








*Please register for programs.


Mark Binder’s website:



David Polansky’s website:



Open Crafts





11:00 4th of July Parade!


11:00 Music and Mother Goose 0-3


7:00 PJ Story Time  Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog and Dayna Hilton booksigning


Library is Closed.



Happy 4th of July!



Closed on Saturdays for the summer.



Game Day drop-in



Open Crafts


6:30 2nd/3rd Grade Book Club


*3:45 Mark Binder- Wild Summer Stories


11:00 Music and Mother Goose 0-3


7:00 PJ Story Time








Game Day drop-in



Open Crafts


6:30 4th-6th Grade Book Nook


*2:00 David Polansky- Music Concert


11:00 Music and Mother Goose 0-3


7:00 PJ Story Time





Game Day drop-in



Open Crafts





11:00 Music and Mother Goose 0-3


7:00 PJ Story Time






Game Day drop-in



Open Crafts




11:00 Music and Mother Goose 0-3


7:00 PJ Story Time

*Summer Reading Discount Coupons available in the Children’s Room.  Sponsored by MRLS and




Southborough meetings

June 30 - July 4, 2008





ADVISORY COMMITTEE 6/30 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
6/30 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
6/26 5:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
Senior Center Schedule

Monday 30

Tuesday 1

Wednesday 2

Thursday 3

Friday 4

8:30 Health Clinic

8:30 Walking Group

10:00 AM Pool

8:30 Health Clinic





9:30 Mah Jongg

Closed 4th of July
9:30 Cribbage

11:00 Senior Singers

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

11:30 AM Lunch

  11:00 am Tai Chi  

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


Storm Clouds over Southborough

June 29, 2008 - Angry storm clouds skirt just overhead and to the west of Southborough earlier this afternoon. Photo is the Flagpole, St. Mark's Church, Southborough Town House and Pilgrim Church.

Still Waiting

June 29, 2008 - A Killdeer still awaits the hatching of the eggs. Photo was taken with a telephoto lens so as not to upset the bird.

Southborough Fire Department Training Drill

June 29, 2008 - Southborough, Northborough and Berlin Firefighters drilled yesterday in RIT (rapid intervention team) rescues at the Milford Fire training complex.  Above photo - straw bales are lit to produce heat and smoke presenting real conditions that firefighters may encounter in rescue of a fallen firefighter.  Below photo - Firefighters ascend the Northborough ladder truck and then descend a ladder to the third floor of the training building. Smoke begins to rise from burning straw and pallets.  Firefighters were training to locate "downed firefighters" on any of the three floors.  Obstacles inside the building along the stairs that could be encountered in a building also were positioned for firefighters to negotiate through.


June 29, 2008 - CERT saw its first official deployment at yesterdays fire drill in Milford, MA.  Members set up rehab tents with chairs, shelter from the sun and water.  They also assisted firefighters with taking off the Scott air packs and bunker coats. above photo - CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) members assist firefighters that have just come out of the training in getting their gear off and getting them water.  The hot conditions within the building, the weight of their firefighting gear and the hot humid day had firefighters thankful for the efforts of CERT team members.  CERT is new to Southborough.  Members are being trained in a variety of different roles to assist the town in the event of emergencies requiring extra trained hands such as traffic, flu vaccine clinics and natural disasters.  CERT is also combined with the MRC (the Medical Reserve Corps).

  For more information on CERT click here.