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July 20, - July 26,  2008

Is he safe or out

  July 26, 2008 - Summer time baseball. The Southborough Youth National Team, "the Cardiac Kids", played Upton tonight at Carrigan Field and Hopkinton. (left photo - Southborough player Dupuis slides into base.

New Building

July 26, 2008 - One of the newest buildings on the Fay School Campus revitalization takes form.

Pastoral Scene

July 26, 2008 - A scene that many people drive by daily on Route 30 west of Chestnut Hill Road.  The High lines in the middle follow the Aqueduct through town.

Bird of Prey

July 26, 2008 - A tethered Hawk watches the crowd.

Television donation

July 25, 2008 - Leo Buck stands next to the large screen television he donated to the Southborough Senior Center.

New Veteran's Agent

July 25, 2008 -

Effective July 1, 2008, John Wilson was appointed as the Town of Southborough's Veterans' Agent.  The phone number is 508-229-2172.  The office of the Veterans' Agent is located on the basement floor of Cordaville Hall.  Regular office hours will be established and published in September.  A newsletter will be sent out to all veterans' homes in October containing information concerning veterans' benefits and other information of interest to veterans.

Dragon Fly rest

July 25, 2008 - A dragon fly comes to rest on a post.

The Southborough Youth Baseball National Team "the Cardiac Kids" will play their rain delayed game at Carrigan Park at 6:15 PM in Hopkinton against Upton.

Southborough Extended Day Program, Inc.




(SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., July 24, 2008) – Southborough Extended Day Program’s “Summer Adventure Club” is in full swing and pre-teens have a lot to look forward to in August! The program runs through August 22nd and offers many exciting trips for students in grade 6 through 9.

Upcoming trips include Six Flags, the New England Aquarium, IMAX theatre, Biking in Boston with Urban Adventures, white water rafting, Alpine Sliding at Jiminy Peak, Kayaking, a Fenway Tour, the Museum of Science and more! One Southborough student says it all…“These are the best trips ever! I have so much fun with my friends”. A Southborough Mom tells us, “no more ‘I’m bored’ comments from my son!”. These trips make lasting fun memories of the final month of summer.

For more information, or to sign up for the Summer Adventure Club trip, simply call (508) 481-9353 or visit the Summer section of the Southborough Extended Day Program’s website at www.southboroextendedday.com.


Monday July 28- Funtown USA- We are leaving at 8am and will return by 5:30pm. Lunch Provided.

Tuesday July 29- Six Flags Hurricane Harbor- Leaving at 9am and will return by 5:30pm. You need a swim suit and towel.

Wednesday July 30- Funway USA- Leaving at 10am and returning 5:30pm. This park recommends sneakers for all amusements. Flip flops are not allowed on many of the attractions.

Thursday July 31- Prudential Center and King's Bowling- leave at 9:30am and returning by 5pm.

Friday August 1- Water Wizz of Cape Cod- Leave at 9am and return by 5pm. You need a swim suit and towel.

Monday August 4- New England Aquarium & IMAX- Leave at 9am and return by 5pm. Lunch Provided

Tuesday August 5- Canobie Lake Park- Leaving at 9am and returning by 6pm. You need a swim suit and towel.

Wednesday August 6- Biking in Boston with Urban Adventures- Bikes, helmets and water bottles provided. Please bring $10 for lunch.

Thursday August 7- Hampton Beach- Leaving at 9am and returning by 5:30pm. You will need a swim suit and towel.

Friday August 8- White Water Rafting- Leave at 7am and return by 6pm. Lunch is provided.

Monday August 11- Pawsox game- Leaving at 9am and returning by 5pm. Lunch is provided.

Tuesday August 12 - Alpine Slide @ Jiminy Peak- Leaving at 8am and returning by 6pm.

Wednesday August 13- Lake Compounce Amusement Park- Leaving at 7:30am and returning by 6pm. Lunch provided.

Thursday August 14- Kayaking @ Cochituate State Park- Leave at 8:30am and return by 5pm. You will need to bring a lunch, there is no where to buy lunch on this trip.

Friday August 15- Boston Duck Tour & Fanuiel Hall- Leave at 8:30am and return by 5pm. Please bring money for lunch.

Monday August 18- Water Country- Leave at 9am and return by 5:30pm. You will need a swim suit and towel.

Tuesday August 19- Golf @ Cyprian Keys. All participants need a shirt with a collar. Lunch is provided. Leaving at 9am and returning by 5:30pm.

Wednesday August 20- Six Flags New England- Leaving at 8:30am and returning by 6pm.

Thursday August 21- Jillian's and Fenway Tour- Leaving at 10am and returning by 4:30pm. Lunch Provided.

Friday August 22- Science Museum- Leave at 9am and return by 5pm. Lunch provided.

Letter to the Editor

Today I was driving home with my wife on Southville Road in Southborough. As we were driving by what had been Fire Station Number 2, I couldn't help but notice that the place was really being spruced up since the facilities department and recreation maintenance have moved in. There is new outside storage, the air raid siren cupola has been renovated, and the building is being painted. There are even several plantings on the side of the building. It really looks nice being cleaned up. I am also aware that several renovations have been made to the interior of the building to make the place quite comfortable.

I would really take townie pride in all of this except for a few facts: This building was closed as a fire station because it wasn't worth putting money into, and staffing for the fire department was at risk and these folks working in this building were moved to Headquarters on Main Street.

This building was erected in the early 1950's, and had a rather poor maintenance plan. It was renovated by department members a few times. Retired Chief Peter Phaneuf made it more economical by adding oil heat to the apparatus bays, and by increasing the size of the sleeping quarters to two rooms to accommodate anyone working there. He also replaced the overhead doors with larger doors to accommodate modern apparatus.

Since this time, there has been constant debate over repairing the building, which had several structural problems, and of course, staffing. Staffing needs were outlined in a study several years ago, which the town has yet to fully accept.

I guess my gripes are this: The fire department wasn't allowed to sink money into the building, yet the departments who have since moved into it have really done a nice job of fixing things up. Oh, there is still a fire engine in quarters, but no firefighters work there. And of course staffing has yet to be updated to the maximum recommendation. All the while, the residents who live on the south side of town must tolerate the fact that the closest station is closed, and must wait for help from Headquarters. Supposedly response times have not been diminished, however with all of the increased traffic we see, and with an aging housing stock and aging population, maybe the town should finish this building and put the firefighters back where they belong.

Perhaps I sound a bit biased. I am. I live on the south side of town, and worked in that building for a lot of years before I retired  from the Southborough Fire Department. I think the Board of Selectmen should take another look at this.

John Kendall


Summer Fun

July 25, 2008 - Campers with the Southborough Extended Day Program scrounge up some fun and eats. An exciting summer of programs and trips await campers. (contributed photos).


Boston– The Political Action Committee of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus announced today that it is endorsing candidate Carolyn Dykema, of Holliston, for State Representative for the 8th Middlesex District.

“Carolyn Dykema has been an active and dedicated member of her community for many years. She is dedicated, enthusiastic, and possesses an understanding of the issues facing her district, which are critical in this election. She is, by far, the best choice for Representative in the 3rd Middlesex District,” said Executive Director Sheila Capone-Wulsin. “We applaud her candidacy, and we look forward to working with her on our shared agenda for Massachusetts women and families. For more than 35 years, the MWPC has been advocating for equal pay, social justice, and reproductive rights. We are excited to have an ally in Carolyn Dykema.”

Carolyn Dykema lives in Holliston with her husband, Bill and three children. She has displayed a strong commitment to her community through her work as the Chairwoman for the Holliston Planning Board and on the Executive Board of the Metrowest Growth Management Committee.

"The MWPC has activly supported so many of Massachusetts' top female candidates,” said Dykema. “I am very pleased to have their endorsement and honored to be included in their
network of exceptional women."

About the MWPC

The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus was founded in 1971 for the purpose of increasing the number of women elected to public office and public policy positions and increasing the participation of women of all ages in the political process. More information about the MWPC is available online at www.mwpc.org. More information about Carolyn Dykema is available online at www.dykemaforrep.com.

Lightning Strike

July 24, 2008 - A garage on Middle Road and a pine tree behind it were struck by lightning last night.  Southborough Firefighters responded quickly and made a good stop on the fire. Several other calls for alarms and wires down were reported but not serious.

Raging Rain

July 24, 2008 - This mornings rainstorm showers an American Flag.


FRAMINGHAM, MA – Recent tragic events, in the Commonwealth, continue to reconfirm the dangers of lightning. This is the time of year when people are spending more time on ball fields, golf courses, beaches and boating. Therefore, it is important to learn measures to help keep you and your family safe during thunderstorms.

“There have been many different incidents of individuals being stuck by lightning this summer,” stated Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Don Boyce. “Most recently, ten soccer players and fans, who sought safety from an approaching storm under a large tree, were severely injured and hospitalized.”  Know how to stay safe.

Before the Thunderstorm

Know the terms used by weather forecasters

1. Severe Thunderstorm Watch – Tells where and when severe thunderstorms are likely to occur. Watch the sky and stay tuned the Media.

2. Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated on radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm.

Before a thunderstorm strikes, keep an eye on the sky. Look for darkening skies, flashes of light, or increasing wind.

If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be affected by lightning, and should go inside to safe shelter immediately.

Thunderstorms can occur singly, in clusters or in lines. The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter, producing heavy rain for a brief period from 30 to 60 minutes.

When a thunderstorm approaches, secure outdoor objects that could be blown away or cause damage. Shutter windows, if possible, and secure outside doors.

Remember that lightning can strike up to 10 miles ahead of or after the arrival of the storm. Listen to weather forecasts on NOAA Weather Radio, or to local radio and television stations for the latest information. In general, lightning will travel the easiest route from the clouds to the ground, which means it often strikes the tallest object.

During this season people are taking part in activities that place them in locations most vulnerable to being struck by lightning, such as on golf courses, ball fields, beaches and large bodies of water. In the U.S., an average of 300 people are injured and almost 80 killed each year by lightning, which is more than tornadoes or hurricanes.

During the Thunderstorm

If you are caught outside during a thunderstorm, you should protect yourself from lightning by going to a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles or metal object, which can serve as a natural lightning rod. (Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding).

Make yourself the smallest target possible by squatting low to the ground and by placing your hands on your knees with your head between them. Be as low to the ground as possible, with as little of your body touching the ground as possible. (Don’t lie flat; this will make you a larger target!).

Do not stand on a hilltop, in an open field, on a beach or in a boat on the water.

If boating, or swimming, get to land immediately.

Avoid isolated sheds or small structures in open areas.

Get away from anything metal such as tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, bicycles, wire fences, clotheslines, metal pipes, rails, and other metallic paths that could carry lightning to you from a distance.

In a forest, seek shelter in a low area under a growth of smaller trees.

If indoors, avoid metallic objects and fixtures.

Avoid showering or bathing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.

Avoid using a corded telephone, except for emergencies. Cordless or cellular telephones are safe to use.

Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers. Turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.

Use your battery operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.

Note that rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection, if you are not touching metal. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes you car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.

The National Weather Service (NWS) also offers important information regarding Lightning Safety. That information can be located at http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/overview.htm and http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/outdoors.htm.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA, go to www.mass.gov/mema.

Needed: More Players

July 24, 2008 - The seniors are looking for players to make foursomes for Thursdays at 9:30 to play Mah Jongg.  If you don't know how to play the game they'll teach you all the moves.

Geese on the round

July 24, 2008 - Geese stand, sit, lie down on the horseshoe falls at Middle Road early this morning.

Severe Thunderstorms roll through the Area

July 23, 2008 - This photo was taken around 3:30 this afternoon.  It looks more like night than day time.  Dark clouds, heavy rains, thunder and lightening from several storms tore through Metrowest.  Heavier rain with wind damage, hail and possible tornado and waterspout activity occurred further south of us in Rhode Island and Southeast MA.  This summer clouds and storms have been excellent to capture on film such as the sky with rays of sunshine below.

Supporting the players

July 23, 2008 - Above, Supporters of the Sparklers baseball team look on Monday night. Below, Mom's cheer on the team as youngsters in the background near the scoreboard also hold up signs and cheer on the team.  The Sparklers won over Hopkinton 6 - 4.  Another Southborough team in the Hopkinton Sizzler League, the Southborough National team "Cardiac Kids" just came off a marathon win against Hopkinton where they played 13 inning/3 and 3/4 hours prevailing with a 12 - 11 win.  They will play for the divisional championship this Friday, July 25 at 7:30 PM.

New Flag

July 23, 2008 - The new flag on the island in the Sudbury Reservoir hangs in a new location facing the commuters along route 9.


With summer’s hot, humid weather, some Bay State homeowners may discover bats residing in their home! Attics are the most common portion of a house in which bats roost and raise their young. After a few hot summer days, an attic may become too warm for the bats, forcing them out and sometimes into people's living quarters as they search for cooler places to roost. Inexperienced young bats may fall down a chimney, fly in open windows or down attic stairs. What's a homeowner to do? Fortunately, a single bat flying in a room can usually be dealt with quite easily. Open an outside window or door in the room containing the bat and close off the rest of the room from the house. It's usually only a matter of a few minutes of circling before the bat locates the open window and leaves the house. Bats do not attack people or fly into people's hair.

If a bat has landed, it can be assisted out of a house in several ways. For a bat on a curtain, place a jar, coffee can or small box over the bat, carefully working the animal into the container, and cover it. A bat on the floor can be covered with a towel. Another method is to put on leather gloves and simply pick up the bat and release it outdoors-don't use cotton gloves or handle a bat with bare hands. Whatever method is used, don't worry when the bat squeaks loudly when handled. Take the bat outdoors and release it. If anyone has had direct contact with a bat or if a bat is found in a room with a sleeping person, the bat should be safely captured and not released. Contact local health officials for assistance in evaluating potential rabies risk and submitting the bat to the Department of Public Health for rabies testing.

Little Brown Bats and Big Brown Bats are the most likely species to be found in buildings. In some cases, with small numbers of bats, people don't mind their presence and concentrate on blocking holes and cracks leading into the human living quarters. Where there is a large colony in house walls, biologists recommend that homeowners wait to initiate eviction proceedings until the first week of August through November. Waiting to evict the colony allows time for young bats to mature and leave the house on their own.

Learn how to evict bats safely or live with them using "A Homeowner's Guide to Bats" booklet available from MassWildlife. This publication contains tips on handling a bat in the house, designs for one-way doors, bat house plans, and a key to identifying the nine bat species in Massachusetts. The booklet is posted in the Wildlife area of the agency website at www.mass.gov/masswildlife and is also available in hard copy at MassWildlife offices. To receive a hard copy of the booklet by mail, send a business sized, self-addressed, 59 cent stamped envelope to: Bat Booklet, MassWildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd, Westboro, MA 01581. Homeowners who wish to hire someone to evict a bat colony can find a list of licensed Problem Animal Control agents in the Wildlife area of MassWildlife's website

Ray P. Uhlman



Ray P. Uhlman, 90, of Westborough, died on Monday, July 21, 2008 at home. He was the husband of the late M. Pearl (Wainwright) Uhlman who died in 1963.

Born in Southborough, he was the son of the late Parker and Angie (Byard) Uhlman. He was educated in Westborough schools and was a graduate of Westborough High School.

Mr. Uhlman was a self employed farmer with the family owned Sunset View Dairy Farm in Westborough. He was also a member of the Siloam Lodge AF & AM.

He is survived by one daughter, Jane A. Adams of Westborough; one sister, Frances Kendrick of Westborough; three sisters-in-law, Rita Uhlman of Westborough, Ruth Savilonis of Natick and Edna Wainwright of Needham; two grandchildren, Derreth Adams and Dean Adams; many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Hazel Uhlman, John Uhlman, Edward Uhlman, Howard Uhlman and Dorothy Scott and grandfather of the late David Adams. He was also the devoted companion of the late Vivian Horne.

Calling hours at the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., are Thursday, July 24, from 4 to 7 P.M. A private graveside service will be held in Pine Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the Westborough Fire Ambulance Gift Fund, 42 Milk St., Westborough, MA 01581 or to the Westborough Food Pantry, PO Box 502, Westborough, MA 01581


Harvest Lane Explosion

July 22, 2008 - Southborough Firefighters and police responded to a call at 1 Harvest Lane for an electrical explosion with injuries around 9:00 AM this morning.  Two people were injured and transported to UMASS Medical. Light to moderate smoke was reported in the building.  Southborough called in area towns for assistance.  Framingham, Westborough, Ashland and Northborough.



Southboro  rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th, and hung on to 6-4 victory over Hopkinton in a well played 3rd and final game of the championship series.   Congratulations to Southboro on being the 2008 Sparkler Champions.  The championship series featured, outstanding pitching, advanced defensive plays, and clutch hitting from both teams. 


Major Inland Flooding is Possible

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Hurricanes or tropical cyclones are not merely coastal events or wind events. Due to the fact that Massachusetts is a relatively small state, depending upon the storm’s track, the entire Commonwealth could be severely impacted by a tropical storm or hurricane. The destruction dealt by the devastating winds can result in destroyed buildings, downed trees and power outages.

“The sometimes forgotten threat associated with hurricanes, particularly in our inland communities is flooding,” stated Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Don Boyce. “The west side of the eye of a hurricane, as it moves northward along the Atlantic Coast, is the ‘wet side’, as the storm’s counterclockwise winds draw moisture from the ocean, potentially depositing torrential rains far inland.” 

Intense rainfall is not directly related to the wind speed of tropical cyclones. In fact, some of the greatest rainfall amounts occur from weaker storms that drift slowly or stall over an area. A tropical storm can produce more rainfall than a Category 5 hurricane.  As all hurricanes weaken to tropical storms and move inland, the threat of torrential rains and high winds over large areas intensify the risks of flooding.

Although weakened to a tropical storm prior to its arrival in the Commonwealth, in 1999, most of Hurricane Floyd’s impact was rain and flood related, causing severe damage as far west as the Berkshires.  In fact, some of our most devastating flooding associated with these historic storms has occurred in Central and Western Massachusetts, as up to 17” fell in association with the ‘Hurricane of 1938’ and 25” of rain fell over a 5-day period in August 1955 from ‘Connie & Diane’ which reached Massachusetts as Tropical Storms. During that period, the City of Westfield received 13.15” of rain in a single day.

While storm surge is always a potential coastal threat associated with hurricanes, more people died from inland flooding over the past 30-plus years. Since the early 1970s, freshwater flooding has accounted for more than half (59%) of U.S. tropical cyclone deaths.

These floods are why 63% of U.S. tropical cyclone deaths during that period occurred in inland counties. 78% of children killed by tropical cyclones drowned in freshwater floods.


Have a Family Disaster Kit.

Develop a Family Communication Plan.

Educate yourself about your community’s Emergency Management Plan, including potential evacuation routes and locations of public shelters.

Learn your vulnerability to flooding.

In highly flood-prone areas, keep materials on hand like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, plastic garbage bags, lumber, shovels, work boots and gloves.

Be aware of streams, drainage channels and areas known to flood, so you or your evacuation routes are not cut off.

As a storm approaches, continually monitor the event on local Media.

If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

Avoid driving into water of unknown depth; as little as 6” of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

Avoid downed power lines.   Assumed a downed wire is a live wire.

Have flood insurance. Flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.  Do not make assumptions.  Check your policy. The National Flood Insurance Program is a pre-disaster flood mitigation and insurance protection program. The National Flood Insurance Program makes federally backed flood insurance available to residents and business owners.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Hurricane Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema.  or check with your local Southborough Fire Department Emergency Management or the Southborough Animal Disaster Preparedness Committee.

Taking Shape

July 22, 2008 - Walgreens at the intersection of route 9 and Oak Hill Road takes shape.

Governor’s Citation Presented to the Assabet Valley Mastersingers in Honor of the Premier Choral Group’s 30th Anniversary

State Representative Jamie Eldridge (D) recently presented a citation on behalf of Governor Deval Patrick to the Assabet Valley Mastersingers (AVM) recognizing the choral group’s 30th anniversary. AVM Founder and Director, Dr. Robert P. Eaton, was given the citation in front of a nearly sold-out crowd attending an AVM performance last month at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough.

“It was an unexpected honor,” said Eaton. “It is exciting and encouraging to know that the group has stayed true to its mission for 30 years. We work hard to foster a love of music among members of the communities we serve.”

The presentation was made at the beginning of a collaborative concert with the 125-member Algonquin High School Chorus. The crowd was thoughtful and silent as the two choral groups presented the New England premiere of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins – a powerful and compelling account of the consequences of war. One of the most popular and frequently performed choral works in England in recent years, The Armed Man is just now beginning to be heard in the United States.

Assabet Valley Mastersingers is preparing for an exciting 2008-2009 season, with a highlight being a concert of Russian Choral Treasures on March 22nd at Mechanics Hall. This will be a collaborative effort with Master Singers of Worcester and Worcester Polytechnic Institute and also include a performance at St. Mark’s School, Southborough on Saturday, March 21st.

Assabet Valley Mastersingers (AVM) is a 70-member premier choral group with rehearsals in Southborough at St. Mark’s School. Throughout its 30-year history, AVM has been dedicated to fostering a love and appreciation of choral music throughout the region. With a commitment to performance excellence and innovative programming, local talented vocalists and instrumentalists perform celebrated masterworks, lesser known masterworks and commissioned works. The Mastersingers present three major concerts a year: in November, March, and May plus a "Messiah Sing" in December. Membership in the Mastersingers represents over fifteen towns including Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough, Westborough, Hudson, Shrewsbury, Bellingham and Clinton. For more information please visit www.avmsingers.org or call (978) 562-9838.


July 22, 2008 - A Home and barn are reflected in the summer waters of the Sudbury Reservoir.

  Road Work Ahead

July 21, 2008 - Route 85, Marlborough Road near the library and St. Mark's is being re-routed today for scarifying and new pavement.

Traffic Delay

July 21, 2008 - Southbound Route 495 traffic came to a halt when a truckload of hay caught fire.  It took Southborough Firefighters with two engines and Marlborough Firefighters with Engine 2 & car 2 to put the fire out.  The incident happened between Exits 23 C and 24.

Horse show

July 21, 2008 - These five equestrians from Southborough competed in several events at the local Woodville Trailbusters 4H Horse Club Annual open horseshow yesterday in the Woodville section of Hopkinton.

Time to get your car washed and tune up that vehicle for better gas mileage.

July 21, 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.


July 21, 2008 - by Linda Hubley - Many Cordaville and Southville readers of the Southborough News have asked if I knew what was happening with the “big yellow building” that replaced the Ipanema Restaurant at the corner of Southville Road and River Street. Well this week, I met with Realtor Marlene Aron of Metrowest Commercial Real Estate and toured the building.

“The building is not ‘big’ in office building terms,” noted Marlene, “at 10,600 sq. ft. it is a rare find, especially for new construction. Buildable commercial lots of this type are virtually nonexistent.”

The building includes fifty-one parking spaces and is listed for sale at $2.3 million which includes $575,000 for the buyer to use for custom build-out to complete the interior renovations.  With the exception of the lobby areas and second floor bathrooms, the layout configurations have been left open so the new owner and tenants can choose the flooring material, office placement and any other features with virtually no restrictions.

Exterior mahogany doors, cherry molding, top-of-the-line lighting components, commissioned artwork, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and walls and a highly appointed elevator just begin to describe the elegant lobby area.   Construction of the building was done with top quality energy-efficient materials. Extra studding and insulation were used to conserve energy and dampen exterior noise.  It was apparent that High-Tech Real Estate, the property's owner, was committed to quality construction of this spacious two-floor building.

For those neighbors of the new building, presently known as “ Southborough Junction, “ that have noticed the overgrowth of weeds and dead plants, Marlene has guaranteed that they will not remain. The building’s landscaper is about to do an exterior clean-up. He is dotting some final I’s with the Southborough Conservation Commission before he proceeds.
This site has seen a number of restaurants such as the Ipanema, Kahili, the Anvil and Giombetti’s to name a few.  Tenants can be retail, and I asked about a small café/lunch bar as many residents in the Southville/Cordaville area are hungry for a nice sit down café type business.  A small café is a possibility, but the seating would be very limited and it would most likely be of a take-out variety.

The corner location is superior with public transportation just feet away at the Southborough MBTA station and Routes 9, 495 and the Massachusetts Turnpike within minutes.  It is diagonally across from the Cordaville Triangle that will soon be upgraded with approx. $150,000 of Community Preservation Committee Funding money to include additional trees, benches and historic artifacts of the Cordaville section of Southborough.

Marlene advised, “The ideal owner/tenants would be professionals such as lawyers, architects, a medical center or a company in search of its own branded Metrowest location. We have had several "almost" deals-- a P&S recently fell-through because the buyer was involved in too many projects for the bank’s comfort. The Seller is open to a sale, joint venture or lease with an option. The Seller realizes that creative deal structuring is the name of the game in today’s market.”
Metrowest Commercial Real Estate is located at 206 Turnpike Road, Southborough.  To tour the building or to contact Marlene, please call 508-740-0000 - cell or email -
ma@metrowestcre.com or for more information please visit www.marlenearon.com.

Another Way to Beat the Heat

July 21, 2008 - Brooks, Mark and Dillon enjoy the pool during this heat wave. (contributed photo)

The Marlboro Senior Softball teams were in action last week with the week. The Iron Workers Union Local #7 split their 2 games and The Friends of the Marlboro Seniors dropped three of their four games the week of Jul 18th..

The Iron Workers Local #7 visited the Worcester Falcons “A” in Worcester   and split their two games winning the first 8 to 1 and lost the game in 8 innings  11 to 8.  The Local #7 offense was led by Bob Clifford going 6 for 8 and Pete Mirabella going 5 for 7. 

Wednesday July 9th featured a splendid softball doubleheader between the home Marlborough Friends of the Seniors and the visiting Shrewsbury Seniors.  Shrewsbury hung on for a 7 to 6 victory in Game 1 while Marlborough came back with a hard fought 8 to 6 win in Game 2.  Marlborough loaded the bases with no outs in the last inning of Game 1 but was unable to push across a run to tie the game or two to win. Several Marlborough players had two hits in the game, Emory Payne, Peter Mirabella, Steve Zeigler, Paul Wright and Don Armstrong.  The only extra base hit was a solid triple by Emory.  Larry Kron was the batting star in Game 2 going 3 for 3 including a tremendous triple, while Peter Mirabella, Don Smith, Don Armstrong and Ed Beauchemin all contributed two hits.  Paul Chambers was the second game winning pitcher.

The Windham CT Elders visited The Friends of Marlborough Seniors on July 16th and drove away with a sweep of the doubleheader. The opening game saw Marlborough take a 15 to 5 lead after three innings but Windham tied the score with 10 runs in the top of inning number 4, added 5 more runs in the fifth inning and prevailed by a 25 to 16 final score. Paul Chambers had three hits, while Emory Payne, Dennis Pollard, Don Armstrong, Ron Saloman and Ed Beauchemin each had two hits in the contest.  Dennis Pollard had the lone home run for Marlborough. Other extra base hits were two triples buy Kevin Neary and doubles by Ron Saloman and Steve Zeigler.

Game two was a close contest with Marlborough leading 6 to 5 going into the sixth inning when Windham erupted for 5 runs and then held on for a 10 to 8 victory. Steve Zeigler and Dennis Pollard were the batting leaders with three hits apiece and Kevin Neary chipped in with two doubles.     

Southborough meetings

July 21 - 25, 2008





7/21 5:30 PM Hearing Room Town House

7/23 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
Senior Center Schedule

Monday 21

Tuesday 22

Wednesday 23

Thursday 24

Friday 25

8:30 Health Clinic



8:30 Health Clinic





9:30 Mah Jongg

10:00 AM Rockport mini-bus
9:30 Cribbage


11:00 chair exercise colonial gardens 10:00 Origami - Colonial Gardens 12:00 PM lunch
12:00 Lunch

12:00 PM Lunch

12:30 Spanish

12:30 Ping Pong

12:00 PM lunch

12:00 PM Lunch

  1:00 PM Bridge  

12:30 PM Pitch

2:00 Fitness   2:00 Fitness 1:00 PM bridge  
Southborough Library Programs



Game Day drop-in



Open Crafts





11:00 Music and Mother Goose 0-3


7:00 PJ Story Time