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July 27, - August 2,  2008

New Storm forming

August 2, 2008 - Storm clouds form ahead of the another thunderstorm.

Northboro/Southboro Pop Warner Football and Cheer would like to congratulate the following
2007-2008 Pop Warner All American Scholars

6th Grade - 2nd Team Scholars
Matthew Sears

7th Grade - 2nd Team Scholar
Shannon Mulkern

Football - Honorable Mention Scholars
Declan Healey

Cheer & Dance - Honorable Mention Scholars
Priscilla Sena

August 2, 2008 - Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) - is the only national youth sports organization in America that requires its participants to perform adequately in the classroom before permitting them to play. We believe that the standards we have set give these children a sense of responsibility and an appreciation for academics and athletics that will help them develop later on in life. If your son/daughter is recognized as a Pop Warner All-American Scholar, then he/she is amongst the top 1% of all Pop Warner participants. They are also eligible to attend our Awards Recognition Program held annually which commemorates their achievements on the field, in the classroom and in the community.  For more information on the Northborough/Southborough Pop Warner Football and Cheer click here.

Contributed photos of Priscilla Sena who traveled to Florida for her award.

Algonquin Regional High School
Grand Opening Celebration

Come join us on:

Thursday, September 4, 2008

For a wonderful day of school tours,

 displays of student work, wonderful music,

an opening ceremony, and lots of celebrating!

*Further details will be announced as they become available!

The Blue Birds are back

August 2, 2008 - Although the Blue Birds have nested in this box for the last several years, this is the first year that Blue Birds have nested and raised young twice in a season.

Short Drive Activities for young and young at heart


The Children's Discovery Museum is located 177 Main Street (rte 27), Acton, MA They are open 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, seven days a week with a few exceptions.  Click here for their website and activity schedule. Discounted passes available at the Southborough Library.

Copyright, The Discovery Museums

http://www.african-safari-pictures.com/zebra-pictures.htmlSouthwick Animal Zoo in Mendon Off Route 16

Southwick's Zoo is OPEN 10am - 5pm DAILY
10am - 5pm, 7 Days a Week ~ Holidays included!



 Hop a train at the MBTA Southborough Station and head for Boston.  The Southborough Public Library has free and discounted passes for the following museums.  The Boston Children's Museum, New England Aquarium, Museum of Fine Arts and the Boston Museum of Science

Of course there are other great places to visit in Boston too.  Take a Duck Tour, Trolley tour, tour the State House, walk the Freedom Trail, enjoy Boston Common and Garden or tour the Boston Harbor Islands.  Click here for what's happening in Boston tourism.

In Worcester there is the EcoTarium which is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM and Sundays 12 noon to 5:00 PM.  and Worcester Art Museum and nearby in Boylston is the Tower Hill Botanical Gardens.  The Southborough Public Library also has passes available for these places.

Make a literary or Revolutionary War trip through Middlesex County.  Start at the Wayside Inn and Grist Mill with the Martha Mary Chapel and the Little Red School House in Sudbury, travel up through historic Sudbury, Lincoln and into Concord.  See Henry David Thoreau's Walden Pond.  Visit the Old North Bridge, rent a boat at Southbridge Boat house and tour the Sudbury and Concord Rivers.  Visit the Old Manse or Poet's Ridge, have a lunch at the Colonial Inn and then travel up the Battle Road to Lexington.  Click here for more information on what to see at the Minuteman National Park and the town of Concord, MA.

Project Smile

Project Smile Donates Items for Children in Foster Care

Continuing its growth in service, Project Smile recently expanded to provide stuffed animals to the Department of Social Services Kids Fund for children who are entering foster care in Massachusetts. DSS (soon to be known as the Department of Children and Families) serves 40,000 children annually throughout the state which includes 8,000 children in foster care and 2,500 children in group homes or residential care.

Project Smile’s first donation on July 16 consisted of approximately 300 stuffed animals. The organization will be making regular donations throughout the year, in order to provide each child entering foster care with their own stuffed animal.

 “We are very happy to expand our service in such a way,” said Ms. Catherine Pisacane, Project Smile’s Executive Director. “Many of the children entering foster care have very few, if any, possessions with them. They are experiencing a highly traumatic event and our goal is to be able to provide these children with a soft item they can hold for comfort."

Exciting Events Coming Soon!

Two of Project Smile’s biggest events of the year are only a couple of months away. Project Smile’s 2nd Annual Date Auction (Friday, September 19, 6:30-9pm, Gypsy Bar, 116 Boylston Street, Boston) is shaping up to be a fantastic event. During the event, Project Smile will be auctioning off dates with single police officers, fire fighters and other Boston area men and women (ages 21-39).  Attention ladies! Not only will you be winning a date with a great guy, you will also get a pair of sexy high heels, courtesy of Sofft Shoes. A hot date and a sexy pair of shoes- ladies, what can be better than that?

Don’t worry guys, it’s not all about the ladies winning dates with hot guys. There will be plenty of Boston beauties being auctioned off as well. The event will also feature a silent auction with sports memorabilia, gift certificates, gym memberships, event tickets and more. Tickets are only $13 and includes a raffle ticket. To view the flyer and to purchase tickets, visit www.projectsmile.org/events.htm

Project Smile's 5th Anniversary

Excitement is building for Project Smile’s 5th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, October 3, 6:30 PM at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton in Milford (formerly the Sheraton Hotel). Reporter Gail Huff and on-air meteorologist J.C. Monahan both of Channel 5 news, Boston, will be among the special guest speakers. Miss Massachusetts will also be in attendance. Thanks to liquor sponsor, Beija Rum, guests will enjoy a complimentary rum drink at the event. The event will feature the debut of our 2009 fundraiser calendar, debut of the Project Smile song, a special tribute to Project Smile’s 5 years of work, live music, appetizers and a tremendous silent auction (currently over 60 items!). Following are just some of the auction items:

  • Two round trip Southwest airline tickets to anywhere in the U.S., no restrictions, no black out dates.
  • Two tickets to The Colbert Report, to a show taping in NYC
  • Flat screen Panasonic television
  • TV Diner, "Diner for a Day" - be a restaurant critic for a day and be featured on TV Diner with Billy Costa!
  • U.S. Flag flown over Capital, donated by Congressman Neal
  • F1 Racing, Braintree, admission passes. The only two indoor race track in NE.
  • Limousine ride
  • Autographed Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots items!
  • Worcester Sharks Experience Package:
    • On bench for warm ups and locker room tour
    • Autographed game used Dan Spang stick
    • Sharks commemorative first season yearbook
    • 4 tickets to a Sharks regular season home game

For a complete list of auction items and to get your tickets (only $10 and includes a calendar and raffle tickets), visit our website at www.projectsmile.org/events.htm.

To Southborough News Readers.  I apologize for the inconvenience of the website being down.  The host server had some minor glitches with Internet Explorer as they switched some items over to another server. We are back online. Thank you for your patience.


New Bocce Court

August 2, 2008 - The new Bocce Court at the Southborough Senior Center was officially opened today at a luncheon to thank all the donors, volunteers and the Southborough DPW that made the court a reality.  This fall Men's and Women's Bocce teams will be forming.  If you don't know how to play one of the experts will teach you how.

Pepper and his Shadow

August 2, 2008 - Pepper and his shadow hit the road to see what the photographer is up to near his back yard.

New Television and Wii System

August 2, 2008 - Leo Buck shows off his bowling skills at the Senior Center.  Leo donated a  large screen television to the center and they now have the Wii system with games such as bowling, golf and exercises.  The Senior Center is currently looking for two more hand controls if there is someone out there that is looking to donate one or two to them.

Welcome New England Dental Group

Taking care of your teeth is an integral part of your overall daily health. The Southborough News welcomes our newest advertiser the New England Dental Group to our family of advertisers. New England Dental Group offers Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Periodontics, Endodontics, Dentures, TMJ Treatment (Nightguards), Invisalign, teeth maintenance, teeth whitening, Oral Health tips and a One Visit Crown program.

The professional team of the New England Dental Group consists of Dr. Panajoti, Dr. Daci, Dr. Ghazi, Dr. Blattman and a talented staff of hygienists, specialists and office staff to assist your every dental need. Their goal is to make your each and every visit as comfortable and as pleasant as can be. They want you to achieve the optimum in oral health.

New England Dental Group is conveniently located at 661 C Boston Post Road East in Marlborough, MA. (just before Home Depot). Their phone number is 508 - 485- 1114. Call for a visit or take the online virtual office tour. Currently New England Dental Group is running a special for in office teeth whitening at $299.00 regularly priced at $450.00. Give New England Dental Group a call or click here for their website.


As follow-up to the press release below about same day voter registration, the Massachusetts House of Representatives failed to vote on this legislation before the end of the 2007-2008 session last night at midnight. Therefore the bill died in the House Ways & Means Committee.

Queen Anne's Lace

August 1, 2008  - A stalk of Queen Anne's Lace closes up on a creature.

End of the Season

July 31, 2008 - The Southborough 9/10 Nationals, the first team to make the finals of the Hopkinton Sizzler playoffs, did lose an exciting game to a very good Hopedale team.  After being down 5-1 and then 8-1, the team rallied back to tie the game up in the bottom of the 6th inning 9-9. Ah, here we go again, another close or extra inning game (thus the tag name  "Cardiac Kids").  In the top of the 7th inning Hopedale scored 4 runs leading to the final score of 13-10.

ARHS Class of 1993 Reunion
The 15-year reunion of Algonquin Regional High School’s class of 1993 will be held at the Hudson Elks Pavilion, 99 Park St., Hudson, from 3-8 p.m. A casual, outdoor event, the reunion will feature music, food and a cash bar. Families are welcome! Tickets are $30 per person, $50 per couple, and free for kids. For more info, contact Jenn Shea at jsshea@yahoo.com.

Sen. Resor Votes for Same Day Voter Registration,


New legislation will allow registration on Election Day


July 30, 2008 (Boston, MA) – The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that will allow Massachusetts residents currently not registered to vote to register on the day of an election. 


“Our nation was built on the fundamental right to vote and that right should not be denied to eligible citizens,” said Sen. Pam Resor (D-Acton). “Same-day registration has been implemented successfully in other parts of the country for many years, and I am only disappointed that it has taken Massachusetts this long to join them.”


Senator Edward M. Augustus Jr. (D-Worcester), Senate chair of the Election Laws Committee, said the Senate took a giant step forward in the effort to make elections more accessible for Massachusetts voters.


“Election Day Registration will ensure that residents who are otherwise engaged and informed about what may be the most important election of their lifetime, but who for some reason missed an arbitrary deadline or were inadvertently left off the rolls, will not be prevented from exercising their fundamental right to vote,” Senator Augustus said.


Senator Cynthia S. Creem (D-Newton), lead sponsor of the bill, added: “This bill will expand access for new voters and increase participation at a time when we know there is heightened public interest in elections. We must do all we can to promote civic participation.”


In order for an individual to register on the day of an election, the resident would be obligated to do the following:


  • Provide proof of identification;

  • Fill out an eligible-voter form; and

  • Take an oath detailing their qualifications as an eligible voter.


The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for further action.

Closed for Paving

July 30, 2008 - Route 85 north from the Library past St. Mark's is closed again today for top paving.


July 30, 2008 The dump truck shown between the Eagle leasing cab/trailer tied up traffic on the ramp from Route 9 Eastbound to Route 85 North bound for a short time this morning.  The dump truck had to be towed via a chain off the ramp to release the traffic flow which included two Eagle leasing cabs and trailers. Traffic was backed up on Route 85 both directions and onto route 9 eastbound until the situation was cleared.

Busy Intersection

July 30, 2008 - A St. Mark's groundskeeper mows the field near the intersection of Route 85 and 30 yesterday.  

You may take a vacation but hunger doesn't.  The Southborough Food Pantry is always in need of dry and canned food, household cleaning items and paper products for those less fortunate.  With today's uncertain economic futures the Southborough Food Pantry needs your donations more than ever.


THE FOOD PANTRY IS IN NEED OF non- perishable SUMMER DONATIONS! Contributions of all items are always accepted. Please be sure that your donation is not out of date. Monetary contributions are also accepted; please make check payable to Southborough Food Pantry, P. O. Box 281, Southborough MA 01772. All contributions are tax deductible. Pantry hours (located at Pilgrim Church) are Tuesday s from 7-8pm and Fridays from 10-11am

Going Down

July 30, 2008 - Tree crews spruce up the Maples within the Rural Cemetery.

Nature's painting

July 30, 2008 - A stretch of the Sudbury River at Bridge Street shows off all the colors of a rainbow with pink, red, purple, yellow and even blue flowers from a variety of wetland plants both native and invasive.


You are invited to attend a regional meeting of organizations, local officials, and individuals who are contemplating a project proposal for the Sudbury River under the Nyanza Chemical Superfund Site Natural Resources Damages (NRD) program.  The MetroWest Growth Management Committee, Sudbury River Watershed Organization, and SuAsCo Watershed Community Council are co-convening this open forum to discuss project ideas and to explore potential partnerships and natural collaborations that may help strengthen project proposals.

 The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 6 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the Framingham Memorial Building in the Deborah Blumer Community Room.

 Information is attached explaining the NRD program. 

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the co-conveners:

Donna Jacobs, MetroWest Growth Management Committee, 508-620-6677

Freddie Gillespie, Sudbury River Watershed Organization, 508-481-8499

Nancy Bryant, SuAsCo Watershed Community Council, 978-461-0735

Or if you have any questions specifically about the Nyanza NRD Restoration Plan or the Trustee Council, which includes the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, please feel free to contact: Karen I. Pelto, Case Manager, 617-626-1007

Route 9 Accident

July 29, 2008 - A rear end collision occurred earlier today at the traffic lights on Route 9 Eastbound at Breakneck Hill Road. Firefighters attend to victims in the van while another firefighter covers the leaking auto fluids with speedy dry material.  A Hopkinton Ambulance and crew were called to the scene as the Southborough ambulance were at an earlier call.  The patients were treated at the scene and not transported to the hospital.

Chip Away

July 29, 2008 - Tree workers toss a dead pine into the chipper.  Tree work on several dead and rotted pine trees in the rear of the Senior Center were removed today.


Afghan Raffle

An beautiful  handmade "Rose Afghan" created by Emma Colcord will be the subject of an upcoming raffle.  Tickets will go on sale  Aug. 5th during the Senior BBQ and will be available to the general public during the hours the Senior Center,  located at 9 Cordaville Road, is open, which is from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM Monday through Friday.  The afghan  will raffled off at the Autumn Fair on November 15th at the Senior Center.


Residents are welcome to visit the Senior center and peruse the gift shop filled with donated items for sale.  Lots of glass, jewelry, videos and more for sale.  Support the Seniors with purchasing items available.


Road Prep

July 29, 2008 - Parkerville Road south will be closed from 8 AM to 5 PM during the month of August while work is done to replace water mains and add some hydrants and then resurfaced.

Southborough Seniors

@ the Senior Center

Watered Down

July 28, 2008 - This Lily is horizontal after about 6" of rain this past week. Tall flowers have been getting quite the beating in the heavy downpours.

Boys of Summer

July 28, 2008 - Southborough 9/10 Nationals Hopkinton Sizzler team who will play Mon. Night 6:15pm Carrigan Field in Hopkinton vs. Hopedale in the final game of the playoffs.

Front Row: Connor Black, Michael Goldstein, Neil Pedda, Grant Farrington and Colton King.

Middle Row: Head Coach Frank Nicolo, Andrew Nicolo, John Paterson, Marcus Permatteo, Griffin Brown and Michael Nicolo.
Back Row: Coach Sean McEvoy, Jack Gerulskis, Joe Dupuis, Joe Egizi, Matt McEvoy and Coach Gus Gerulskis.

Southborough meetings

July 28 - August 1, 2008





7/29 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
7/31 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
Senior Center Schedule

Monday 28

Tuesday 29

Wednesday 30

Thursday 31

Friday 1

8:30 Health Clinic



8:30 Health Clinic


9:00AM Dr. Cooper



9:30 Mah Jongg

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 Pitch

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





Saturdays til

Labor Day


Fire Log

Sunday 7/20/08






Monday 7/21/08





  More Fire Log

       Protect the care of those with Alzheimer's.
Call your state representative today!
Ask them to support S 425 / H 616
An Act Relative to Dementia Special Care Units in Long Term Care Facilities.
and ask for support on S425/H616 
Don't know who your State Rep. is?  
Learn more
 or call our 24/7 Helpline
  • There's only 8  DAYS left in this legislative session to pass S425/H616.
  • This bill passed unanimously through the Senate on July 22nd - NOW it needs to pass in the State House
  • It only takes a few minutes - please call your Representative and urge him/her to make sure S425/H616 goes to the floor for a vote before the session ends!

It is vital that the Commonwealth establish quality standards for dementia special care units in nursing homes.


Dear Friends,
This is it.  We are down to the wire in our efforts to create standards for quality of care in nursing homes for people with Alzheimer's and other dementing illnesses.
On July 22nd, the State Senate voted unanimously to support S425/H616 to require the state to create regulations to insure uniform quality standards.  This means that when a facility advertises an "Alzheimer's Unit" you will know what to expect!
Please help us move this bill through the State House...otherwise it will die when the legislature ends its session on July 31. We are running out of time.
James Wessler
Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter



Boston, MA (July 23, 2008) – A bill to encourage towns to share resources and therefore reduce costs was signed by Governor Deval Patrick on Friday, July 18th.  The legislation, filed by State Senator Pam Resor (D-Acton), simplifies the contractual process allowing towns to share resources, personnel, and equipment.


“This is just one more tool we can give towns to make cost cutting a smooth, efficient process. We should not be delaying any town’s effort to relieve the burden from taxpayers,” said Sen. Resor. “In certain cases, adjoining towns may wish to reduce expenditure by sharing a single employee to serve both towns. This legislation will make it easier for towns to enter into such resource-sharing agreements.”


Representative Jamie Eldridge was a co-sponsor of the bill and a key player in its movement through the lawmaking process.  “As the Legislature continues to make investments in our communities through increased local aid, the passage of this legislation will allow cities and towns to better use their resources to deliver essential services to their residents,” commented Eldridge.  “I was proud to guide this legislation through the House during this session.”


Currently, agreements between municipalities require town meeting votes or approval by special legislation. The latter can take several years to implement.  Entering into contracts with private vendors does not require voter action. Rather, it is coordinated by the towns’ administrator and local officials.  This legislation simplifies the contract process by stipulating that town officials may approve such a plan. Requirements to adhere to financial safeguards, open meeting laws, and record keeping would remain unchanged.


Supporters of the bill include the Mass. Municipal Association (MMA) and the Mass. Association of Regional Planning Agencies (MARPA). 


“Resource sharing among municipalities can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of municipal service delivery,” said Matthew G. Feher, MMA Senior Legislative Analyst.  “This new law will reduce the costs and administrative burdens associated with forging multi-community arrangements and collaborative strategies.  Given the fiscal restraints on local budgets, the state should continue to make it easier for local leaders to look beyond their municipal borders to cut costs and improve services.”

David H. Aldrich



MINERAL, Wash. David Hall Aldrich, 67, of Mineral, Wash., formerly of Southborough, died Monday, May 19, 2008, after a long illness. He was the son of Evelyn H. Aldrich Merrill of Chesterfield, N.H., and the late David W. Aldrich. Mr. Aldrich attended the former Peters High School in Southborough. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, where he was a plank holder and fire control technician missile man on the USS Long Beach, and the USS Bainbridge, the world's first nuclear-powered frigate in which he circumnavigated the globe during Operation Sea Orbit in 1964. In addition to his mother, he leaves his daughters, Katherine Burns and her husband, William J. Jr., of Fairhill, Md., Margaret Clifton and her husband, Steve, of Terra Alta, W.Va.; two brothers, Charles Aldrich of Lowell and Richard Aldrich of Chesterfield, N.H.; two sisters, Elizabeth Demers of Tacoma, Wash., and Barbara Clews of Middletown, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Elizabeth, John IV, Nathan, Jacob, and Tyler Stapleford; a great-granddaughter, Taylor Stapleford; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Judith Aldrich. Funeral services are private, with burial at the Rural Cemetery in Southborough. Local arrangements are by Morris Funeral Home (morrisfuneralparlor.com), Southborough.

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School. Class of 1993

will have a reunion on Saturday, August 9 at the Lazy Dawg, 31 Main Street, Marlborough, beginning at 8:00 PM; there is a $5 charge after 8:30 P.M.   There will be a live band playing, food available until 10 p.M. upon order and a cash bar open until 1:45 a.m.  For more information contact Chris Parker at chparker33@gmail.com

The Jolly Rogues

July 29, 2008

7pm at the Martha-Mary Chapel

Hailing from Massachusetts—a place itself steeped in history—the Jolly Rogues are themselves an "auditory flashback" to the music of the 18th- and 19th-centuries. They go from one great sea shanty to another, with tunes that makes you sway and join in the singing. Members of The Guild of Historic Interpreters, they present a great selection of seafaring songs, all of which are light-hearted and pleasant. Join us for a wonderful evening of good-mood music!

This is the last concert in the Strawberry Concert Series.